“In a statements furnished to multiple news outlets on Wednesday, Apple confirmed that Human Interface director Greg Christie will be leaving the company in a planned exit later this year, while additional reporting has disputed claims that his departure was a result of a spat with design chief Jony Ive,” AppleInsider reports.
“An Apple spokespersons supplied the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch, among others, with the following: ‘Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple. He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class Human Interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years,'” AppleInsider reports. “News of the departure was first reported on Wednesday, when it was claimed Christie is leaving due to tension between SVP of Design Jony Ive. While the exact reasoning is yet unknown, subsequent reports quote insiders as instead saying Christie’s exit has been planned for some time. For example, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber cites ‘several’ sources as saying Christie is simply ready to retire. ”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple had the opportunity to announce and frame the news. As usual, they instead chose to stay mum. This breeds confusion; it’s the price Apple pays for waiting for info to inevitably leak out instead of announcing things on their own terms.
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