Jony Ive’s departure came out of left field earlier this week. It definitely caught me off guard, as I was buried in work and unable to take time to write anything about it beyond a few Tweets. While I didn’t find the news itself particularly surprising, the timing of it was. There weren’t any rumors or leaks leading up to the it, which is interesting considering how many tech reporters have sources inside the company. They did a great job of keeping this under wraps and controlling the narrative.
Photo Source: Wallpaper
Jony Ive graced the cover of this month’s Wallpaper, a well-known magazine that covers design, and gave a lengthy interview that touched on the new Apple Park campus, some of his thoughts on his time at Apple, and of course, the new iPhone X. His words lend an interesting perspective to his latest creation, and shed light on how he views both it and the future of Apple devices.
All things must come to an end at some point, and another ending is upon us as the departure of Christopher Stringer became news last week thanks to a report from The Information. Apple has gone though MANY changes since the original iPhone was announced in early 2007, including the departure, brief return, and then death of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook’s subtle changes to the company as CEO, the firing of original iPhone project manager Scott Forstall, the elevation of Jony Ive to lead software designer, and a huge shift in iOS’ design language starting in iOS 7. However, this is one of the last ones before all of the major players involved in the device that started Apple’s move into mobile computing are gone. Jony Ive and Richard Howarth are left as two of the last men standing from the original design team that changed computing.