Apple’s Former Chief Designer Jony Ive Officially Departs

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 4 Comments

As expected, Jony Ive, the iconic Apple designer, has officially departed the company. Apple has quietly updated its executive leadership page to remove Jony Ive as the Chief Design Officer from the page, marking the end to a remarkable era.

Ive has long been cutting down on his responsibilities at Apple. Rumors previously claimed that Ive felt ‘dispirited‘ by the CEO’s lack of interest in design, which Apple CEO Tim Cook later denied. 

Apple announced before that Ive won’t have an immediate successor, which means there is not a single design-focused executive on Apple’s leadership page yet, says 9to5Mac. For now, Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design is becoming the head of design at Apple, reporting directly to Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams. Hankey will also be supported by Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design at Apple.

When Apple originally announced Ive’s departure, the company said it would continue to work with Ive via his new design company LoveFrom. Apple is apparently the first client of Ive’s LoveFrom — so yes, Ive may still have an impact on Apple design going forward. To what extent LoveFrom will actually participate in the design process for Apple products is, obviously, the big unknown here.

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4 responses to “Apple’s Former Chief Designer Jony Ive Officially Departs”

  1. jimchamplin

    With hope we can now get actual pro features back like user serviceable storage and RAM because that’s real professional, not a slightly thinner model with compromised specs. ?

  2. mattbg

    I am really curious whether anyone addresses Evans Hankey as Mr. Hankey.

  3. bob_shutts

    No question he contributed greatly to Apple's unprecedented comeback. Think first iMac and the easily serviceable Power PC towers that popped open with one finger. Somewhere along the line form took precedence over function. Anyway, I wish Jony well.

    And to fellow U.S. folks, happy Thanksgiving!

  4. codymesh

    this is the guy who forbid the macbook and iphone be a few millimeters thicker - both of which coincidentally have gotten thicker in their latest iterations with his departure. Good riddance

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