Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive announced that he was leaving Apple to start his own design firm, Lovefirm… We wanted to ask verified Apple employees what they really think about Ive’s departure and how impactful they think it would be for their company.
• Just 51% of Apple employees believe that Ive’s departure will result in no change.
• The other half believe that there will be an impact, and more Apple employees believe that there will be negative impact due to the departure.
• More than 77% of Apple employees are hopeful that Apple will remain as a tech design leader.
• Over 90% of those who stated that Apple would have ‘positive impact’ or ‘no change’ stated the company would remain as a tech product design leader.
For those who stated the departure would have a negative impact, only 32% stated that Apple could remain as a tech product design leader.
Attribution: Philip Elmer-DeWitt’s Apple 3.0
MacDailyNews Take: Given Jony’s state of mind and his autonomous position with Apple, his departure is a net positive for the company.
This is not to diminish his immensely positive overall contribution to the company overall, but, from our trusted sources, he’d become a liability in recent years, basically due to being “not fully engaged.”