Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer who is behind the look and feel of the iPhone or iMac that you use today, has formally left Apple as his biography along with photo disappear from Apple’s Leadership page.
The British-origin Ive who worked at Apple for almost 30 years in June announced his decision to move on and form an independent design firm called LoveForm that would treat Apple as its most prestigious client.
“Ive is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s ground-breaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” Apple CEO Tim Cook had said at that time.
Jonathan Ive was one of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ closest friends who considered him as a “spiritual partner”. Ive has been the key design figure behind products like the original iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple’s new “spaceship campus”.
Ive’s departure from Apple comes at a crucial time as the tech giant is working on new-look iPhone 12 and maybe its first foldable smartphone.
Jobs made him senior vice president of industrial design and Ive went on to head the design team responsible for most of the company’s significant hardware products. Ive’s first design assignment was the iconic iMac in 1998 that helped pave the way for many other designs such as the iPod and eventually the iPhone and the iPad.