Stephen Fry meets Jony Ive, Apple’s newly-promoted chief design officer

“Jony Ive, the man at the centre of the Cupertino giant’s success under both Jobs and Cook, is entirely and quite exhaustingly passionate about every last detail that goes into his creations,” Stephen Fry reports for The Telegraph. “Steve Jobs collaborated with Ive in close, often interfering, ways that the quietly intense Englishman admitted he often found ‘maddening,’ for all that he loved him absolutely… Ive’s inventiveness can perhaps most starkly be expressed by revealing that he has nearly 5,000 patents to his name. To give you some point of comparison, Edison was granted 2,332.”

“Until now, Ive’s job title has been Senior Vice President of Design. But I can reveal that he has just been promoted and is now Apple’s Chief Design Officer,” Fry reports. “It is therefore an especially exciting time for him,” Fry reports. “When I catch up with Ive alone, I ask him why he has seemingly relinquished the two departments that had been so successfully under his control. ‘Well, I’m still in charge of both,’ he says, ‘I am called Chief Design Officer. Having Alan and Richard in place frees me up from some of the administrative and management work which isn’t … which isn’t …'”

“‘Which isn’t what you were put on this planet to do?” Fry reports. “‘Exactly. Those two are as good as it gets. Richard was lead on the iPhone from the start. He saw it all the way through from prototypes to the first model we released. Alan has a genius for human interface design. So much of the Apple Watch’s operating system came from him. With those two in place I can …’ I could feel him avoiding the phrase ‘blue sky thinking’… think more freely?’ ‘Yes!'”

ons more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bury the news on Memorial Day (at least they didn’t do it on the Friday before – too obvious?). This is textbook charm offensive.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and ” Justin Sheppard” for the heads up.]

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      1. Let’s hope he doesn’t dream too FLAT!

        Apple, if you don’t like shiny, artistic, dreamy, etc icons, let’s at least have the choice to get some other ones!

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