Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Announces Departure

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The company’s second most prominent leader, and the man behind its products’ iconic designs, will step down later this year. Ive, who insiders say had become less involved in day-to-day affairs since launching the Apple Watch in 2015, will form his own independent design firm that will still work closely with Apple.
What’s next? Ive’s departure suggests the company is placing a greater emphasis on software design and services — reflected in the virtual demotion of the designer’s former team, which will now report to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams rather than CEO Tim Cook.
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