“Following friction between top Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie and Senior Vice President Jony Ive, Apple’s hardware and software design is being dramatically shaken up, according to sources familiar with the matter,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.
“After adding human interface design direction to his responsibilities in 2012, Ive will soon completely subsume Apple’s software design group, wresting control away from long-time human interface design chief Christie, according to sources briefed on the matter,” Gurman reports. “Previous to this shakeup, all Apple software design has been led by Christie, who has reported to Craig Federighi, and Ive has been attending interface design meetings and providing instruction.”
“The design shakeup at Apple will result in Christie soon leaving the company, with all software designers now working directly under Ive with the rest of his industrial design team instead of within Federighi’s engineering group,” Gurman reports. “Sources say that Christie’s upcoming departure is significant and stems from a falling out with Ive… Christie also has hundreds of Apple patents in his name such as the iconic ‘Slide to Unlock’ patent… Christie has been a part of Apple and the technology industry long enough to have worked on the first Newton and the transition of Mac OS to OS X and its Aqua interface in the early 2000s.”
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MacDailyNews Take: When it comes to Apple design, Jony owns it all now. This should help Apple deliver even better, even more copacetic, unified products.