Apple Inc.’s Jony Ive, a key executive credited with the look of
many of the company’s most popular products, has re-taken direct
management of product design teams.
Ive, 50, was named Apple’s chief design officer in 2015 and
subsequently handed off some day-to-day management responsibility
while the iPhone maker was building its new Apple Park
headquarters in Cupertino, California. “With the completion of
Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting
directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” Amy
Bessette, a company spokeswoman, said Friday in a statement.
I can’t decide if this is actually news. It was public knowledge that Ive was spending a lot (most?) of his time on Apple Park and other architectural projects (retail), but that obviously wasn’t going to last forever. I suppose it’s news, though, insofar as there was some speculation that he had one foot out the door. This should put an end to that.