Apple’s Chief Designer Quits – Here’re Some Of The Greatest Products Designed By Jony Ive

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Jun 28 2019
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Sir Jonathan Ive, the legendary Apple Chief Design Officer (CDO), announced on Thursday (June 27) that he’s leaving the company that he had worked for more than 20 years. The Apple designer, knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2012, was actually born in Chingford, north-east London. Thanks to him, the world saw the emergence of iPhone, iPod, iMac and iPad.


The Briton who over two decades helped turn Apple into the world’s most valuable company, is leaving together with long-time friend and fellow designer Marc Newson to set up his own independent design company – called “LoveFrom”. Fortunately, Jony Ive will not leave Apple for good as LoveFrom’s first client will be Apple.


Ive became head of Apple’s design studio in 1996, when the company was in poor financial health and cutting jobs. The turnaround began with Jonathan’s iMac in 1998, and the iPod in 2001. His role was so significant that Apple’s founder – the late Steve Jobs – once said of Sir Jonathan – “If I had a spiritual partner at Apple, it’s Jony.”

Jony Ive and Steve Jobs - Apple - Oct 2005

Since 2012, Ive has overseen design for both hardware and software at Apple, roles that had previously been separate. There will be no immediate successor, simply because there isn’t one in existence who can replace him. Indeed, the creative and incredible partnership of Steve Jobs and Jony Ive was seen as the Lennon and McCartney of Apple.


When Jobs returned from exile to revive Apple in 1997, Ive was a relatively junior figure. But their chemical soon exploded. Mr. Jobs picked out the British designer as a kindred spirit who shared his obsession with the idea that the look and feel of a product was as important as the technology inside it. Their first hit was the iMac, followed by iPod, iPhone and the iPad.


After the death of Steve Jobs, there was speculation that Jony Ive might one day move into the chief executive’s office. But the man who started his career by designing toilets and toothbrushes was more comfortable as Apple’s ultimate design guru, instead of running the company and handling the politics of the firm.

Jony Ive and Steve Jobs - Apple

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” – said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement published on Apple website announcing the departure of the genius.


However, Apple also said that the roles of Ive as both hardware and software designer would again be split as a result of his departure. Design team leaders Evans Hankey will be taking over as vice president of industrial design and Alan Dye will become vice president of human interface design. Both Dye and Hankey will report  to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.


“After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer. Today it is stronger, more vibrant and more talented than at any point in Apple’s history. I have the utmost confidence in my designer colleagues at Apple, who remain my closest friends, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.” – said Ive.

Sir Jonathan Ive - Apple Chief Designer - iMac

Here are some of Apple’s most iconic products designed by Sir Jony Ive.


{  1  } iMac G3 (1998)

Apple iMac G3


{  2  } Power Mac G4 Cube (2000)

Apple Power Mac G4 Cube


{  3  } iPod (2001)

Apple iPod


{  4  } iPhone (2007)

Apple iPhone 3G 2007 - First iPhone


{  5  } MacBook Air (2008)

Apple MacBook Air 2008 - Steve Jobs


{  6  } iPad (2010)

Apple iPad 2010 - Steve Jobs


{  7  } Apple Watch (2015)

Apple Watch - Tim Cook Introduces


{  8  } AirPods (2016)



{  9  } Apple Park (company’s new office campus known as “Spaceship”)

Apple Park Campus - Spaceship


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