Apple’s HIG honcho Christie retirement confirmed as sources rebut claims of internal struggle

“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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  1. According to Gruber and others, the “Apple is doomed” spin to this story is plain ol’ crap.

    I’m shocked, shocked to see there’s horrible reporting in the ‘news’ media.

      1. No, it’s horrible reporting by the media.
        Good journalists (if any still exist) actually check their facts before publishing something and don’t inject their own opinions into a “news” piece.

        Hit-whoring bloggers, however, are in such a rush to get a “scoop” that they make stuff up to boost their ad impressions. Sorry, we can’t hold Apple responsible for that.

        I’d much rather see Apple spend their resources developing new, great, products than wasting a whole lot of effort trying to manage the media; “managing the media” is a game they will never win.

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