A Bloomberg report has shed more light on Jony Ive’s departure from Apple. While Ive’s departure might come as a surprise to many, it was a long time coming according to many.
Ive has been responsible for the design of many iconic Apple products including the original iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad, and the Apple Watch. However, the launch of the original Apple Watch took its toll on the designer who ended up shedding his responsibilities after its release in 2015. Post that, Jony Ive came to Apple’s headquarters only about two days a week.
Ive still only came to the office a couple of days a week, with many meetings shifting to San Francisco, according the people familiar with the matter. That helped him avoid the long commute from his home in the Pacific Heights district of the city to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Ive sometimes met with his team at the homes of his employees, at hotels, or other venues. The design executive even set up an office and studio in San Francisco to do much of his work.
A number of key designers in Apple’s design team have left the company in the last five years. This has prompted Apple to hire young designers and increase the size of the team.
“This has been a long time in the making,” according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to discuss personnel moves. “He’s been at Apple over 25 years, and it’s a really taxing job. It’s been an extremely tense 25 years for him at Apple and there’s a time for everyone to slow down.”
Ive had joined Apple in 1992 and was leading the design team since 1996. He had worked alongside Steve Jobs and later on reported directly to Tim Cook.
The report makes it clear that Ive was not really handling any of the day-to-day design responsibilities at Apple and only provided inputs to the design team. Thus, his departure is not going to affect the company much. However, the lack of a leadership in Apple’s design team is definitely going to be a cause of concern and it will be interesting to see how Evans Hankey, the VP of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, VP of Human Interface Design, take things forward.[Via Bloomberg]