Report: Jony Ive gets promoted to Chief Design Officer at Apple
From left to right, Stephen Fry, Tim Cook and Jony Ive
Thanks to a story in the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, we now know that Jony Ive has received a promotion from SVP of Design at Apple, to Chief Design Officer. The promotion of the man responsible for the design of so many Apple products including the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, was revealed by British author, actor, outspoken tech critic and man-about-town Stephen Fry. The latter is best known for his long-time collaboration with the pre-House Hugh Laurie.
While not much information is known about Ive's new duties, he will continue to have the final say on all hardware and UI designs. He was named SVP of Design in 2012 after the failed launch of Apple Maps led to the dismissal of iOS head Scott Forstall, which put the design of iOS 7 chiefly on the shoulders of Ive. Part of Ive's new duties will include working on construction projects like Campus 2 and new Apple Stores.
Taking over industrial design at Apple will be Richard Howarth, who had a big role in taking the OG Apple iPhone from prototype to production back in 2007. Meanwhile, the man responsible for the UI on the Apple Watch, Alan Dye, will be named Apple's head of User Interface Design.
source: TheTelegraph via AppleInsider