Iconic IPhone Designer Or As Steve Jobs Would Say His 'partner In Dreaming Up Devices' Jony Ive Leaves Apple After 27 Years

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iPhone designer Jony Ive is leaving Apple to set up his own firm, Apple announced on Thursday. A 52-year British industrial designer will depart later this year to form his own design company

Written By Tanmay Patange | Mumbai | Updated On:

iPhone designer Jony Ive is leaving Apple to set up his own firm, Apple announced on Thursday. A 52-year British industrial designer will depart later this year to form his own design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. As a result, Ive will continue to work closely "on a range of projects with Apple," Apple said in a statement.

"After nearly 30 years and countless projects, I am most proud of the lasting work we have done to create a design team, process and culture at Apple that is without peer," said Ive.

# Having worked at Apple for 27 years, Ive became the senior vice president of industrial design in 1997 and has played a key role in the development of the iPhone and other products ever since.

PHOTO: Jonathan Ive (left) and Jon Rubinstein, Apple's senior vice president of engineering (right) posing behind five iMac personal computers at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California in 1999 (AP).

# He eventually went on to lead the industrial design team responsible for most of Apple's significant hardware products like iPod, iPhone, iPad and MacBook as well as the iOS software system for Apple devices.

PHOTO: Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about Jonathan Ive at a meeting in Cupertino, California in 2008 (AP)

# Ive was a key collaborator of the late Steve Jobs when Apple's fortunes were revived with the development of the iPod and later the iPhone.

PHOTO: Corbis

In Walter Isaacson's 'Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography,' Jobs praised Ive as being his partner in dreaming up devices.

"If I had a spiritual partner at Apple, it's Jony," Jobs was quoted as saying. "Jony and I think up most of the products together and then pull others in and say, 'Hey, what do you think about this?'"

Commenting on Ive's departure, Apple CEO Tim Cook had this to say:

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

(With agency inputs)

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