Apple's Longtime Design Chief Jony Ive Leaving to Start New Design Company With Apple as a Primary Client

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    Apple's longtime head of design, Jony Ive, is leaving the company to start his own design firm, Apple announced today. Though Ive is leaving, Apple will be one of Ive's "primary clients," which means Ive will continue to do design work for the Cupertino company.

    In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he is looking forward to working with Ive "long into the future."

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    Design team leaders Evans Hankey and Alan Dye, vice presidents of Industrial Design and Human Interface design, respectively, will now be reporting to Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Operating Officer.

    Williams has overseen the development of the Apple Watch since its inception, and following Ive's departure, will spend more of his time working with the design team.

    Ive said in a a statement that over the course of the last 30 years, he has worked to build a strong design team and culture at Apple, which is stronger and more talented today than at any point in Apple's history.
    There is no word on exactly when Ive will be departing Apple, as Apple's announcement simply says that he'll be leaving Apple as an employee later this year. In an interview with The Financial Times, Ive said his new company, created in partnership with Marc Newson, is called LoveFrom.

    Apple will be LoveFrom's first client, and while Ive is departing, he said he will still be "very involved" for "many, many years to come." "This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change," he told The Financial Times.

    In a separate announcement, Apple has named 24-year Apple veteran Sabih Khan to the executive team as a senior vice president of operations. He will be in charge of Apple's global supply chain, ensuring product quality and overseeing planning, procurement, manufacturing, logistics and product fulfillment functions, as well as Apple's supplier responsibility programs. He will continue to report to COO Jeff Williams.

    In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said "Sabih leads our Ops team with heart. He and his entire worldwide team are committed to delivering unmatched experiences to our customers, treating workers everywhere with dignity and respect, and protecting the environment for future generations."

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    Oh, wow. This is a historic moment in Apple history.
     
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    This is huge. Such a enormous impact he's had on the company.
     
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    Can we please have someone who has more design objectives than "make it thinner". Enough of the literally 2-dimensional thinking.
     
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    Jony! Thanks so much for some awesome designs through the years. With that said, I'm not sad to see him go, seems Apple has been fashion over function in the recent years. Ready to see what the next page in Apples history has to offer.
     
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    Well its back to this then, I guess.
     

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    Came here to say this.
    But with “Ive vision” gone Apple can evolve it’s designs and perhaps start to truly innovate in design again
     
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    Holy poop! I wondered how long he would stay at Apple!
     
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    “Ive is set to leave the company later this year, but Apple will be among his new company's "primary clients."”

    Butterfly keyboard gen 4 coming soon
     
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    I had to check the date to make sure it didn't say April 1st.
     
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    "Apple will be among his new company's "primary clients.""

    So... nothing really changes except there will be a "Designed By Johnny" logo on devices now.
     
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    I thought Ive would stay with Apple forever... through thick and . . . thin ;)
     

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