Jony Ive is Leaving Apple

So apparently Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer for many, many years is leaving the company.

The only person’s take on this development I care to read is, of course, John Gruber.

I’ve never been an Apple is doomed without Steve Jobs” person. But part of what made Apple the Apple we know in the post-1997 era is that when Jobs was at the helm, all design decisions were going through someone with great taste. Not perfect taste, but great taste. But the other part of what made Jobs such a great leader is that he could recognize bad decisions, sooner rather than later, and get them fixed.

I think Tim Cook is a great CEO and Jeff Williams is a great COO. But who’s in charge of product design now?

This is interesting to me. Just who leads the Apple experience?”

I don’t worry that Apple is in trouble because Jony Ive is leaving; I worry that Apple is in trouble because he’s not being replaced.

June 29, 2019