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Leaked internal email at Apple says Human Interface VP Greg Christie has resigned

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Leaked internal email at Apple says Human Interface VP Greg Christie has resigned
An internal email at Apple claims that long-time employee Greg Christie has resigned. Christie recently talked about the early days of the iPhone, and was one of Apple's first witnesses to take the stand at the current patent trial. He testified about the "slide-to-unlock" feature on the handset, which he personally worked on. Before working on the iPhone, Christie worked on the Newton PDA, his first assignment for Apple.

Christie was the head of "human interface" at Apple. His team designs software for Apple devices and reported to Apple's sotware head, Craig Federighi. Following Christie's departure, the team will report to Senior VP Jony Ive. The latter has become more involved with the design of Apple's software following the departure of Scott Forstall in 2012. Forstall left after the launch of Apple Maps revealed that the application had been released too early, and was not ready for prime time. Ive took over the design of iOS 7, replacing the vibrant colors with pastels, and removing the skeuomorphic designs that were so favored by Forstall and Steve Jobs.

Christie spent 18 years at Apple, including 2 and a half years working daily on the OG Apple iPhone. His departure allows Ive to consolidate his power over design at Apple. Recently though, he and Ive have not seen eye-to-eye on certain software decisions. Some believe that Christie's exit was due to his disagreements with the Senior VP.

The departing executive is listed on almost 100 Apple patents, including one received on Tuesday for a way to unlock a touch-screen phone. He also has 31 patent applications pending at the USPTO.

source: WSJ

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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:49 1

1. Luuthian (Posts: 218; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Wow. Have to wonder what this means for the future of the device... And whether or not Ive may be assuming to much responsibilty.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 01:31

2. Sauce (unregistered)


Don't underestimate Ive :P

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:19 1

6. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Not many of Braun's ideas left for Ive to pilfer.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 18:43

8. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Boom.....exactly...

Apple are some of the biggest hypocrites..

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 17:45

7. Luuthian (Posts: 218; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Not underestimating. I think the guy's a genius. But there are just too many examples of people who assume too much in their role and it ultimately ruins them. If he's trying to pin down both the design and the interface it may start to create some stale ideas if there's no other voice to be heard.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:27 1

3. promise7 (Posts: 474; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


This news has been out the entire day. He is retiring, and it has been planned to for awhile.

http://iphone.appleinsider.com/articles/14/04/10/apple_confirms_retirement_of_greg_christie_as_sources_rebut_claims_of_internal_struggle.html

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:56

4. whburling (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


It is human nature to have different perspectives. It is thus corporate nature to have dissent among its executives.

Dissent can work for you and against you. One way to cope with the negative impact of dissent is to pick one perspective and remove the others. That does work. Militaries depend on that point of view.

But dissent can be of value as it reveals perspectives you might otherwise miss.

So the question becomes how does one encourage and nurture multiple perspectives?
There are probably many answers. One that I can think of is to nurture an environment
that values opposing points of view. That approach is more likely to generate a solution in which product gets generated which tests the perspectives, in the market place, not in the closed corporate environment. both parties might be interested in helping each other as the end result is success for the entire team that makes the product not for the individual.

the fact t hat ivy appears to be taking over so much control and that a great number of executives (not just one) makes me question whether Ivy values multiple perspectives

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:21

5. Legnaldo (Posts: 32; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Ive has vision; and like Jobs will probably crush everyone in his way to see his vision come to light.

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