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Apple CEO Tim Cook characterized a recent report about his relationship with famed designer Jony Ive and the circumstances that led to his pending departure "absurd," adding that "the conclusions just don't match with reality." The strongly worded statement goes on to essentially say that Apple's design team is in a good place, contrary to what was written about the company and the situation. "At a base level, [the report] shows a lack of understanding about how the design team works and how Apple works. It distorts the relationships, decisions, and events to the point that we just don't recognize the company it claims to describe," Cook told NBC News in an email. The report Cook references appears... Read more...
Updated 7/2/2019 Tim Cook has responded to the WSJ article and is calling its content "absurd". You can read our followup article here. After nearly three decades with Apple, famed designer Jony Ive recently announced that he is leaving the company to form an independent design firm of his own. It was a surprise announcement, and if a new report is to be believed, this moment has been brewing for years due to a growing disconnect between Ive and Apple's main decision makers, including CEO Tim Cook. Ive joined Apple way back in 1992. He was with the company when co-founder Steve Jobs was ousted, and he was there when Jobs made his return in 1997. Throughout the years, Ive designed several iconic... Read more...
Sir Jony Ive, who has been with Apple for nearly three decades, is officially saying goodbye to the company. Ive landed at Apple in 1992, took over the reigns as head of the company’s design efforts back in 1996, and has been instrumental in Apple’s iconic designs like the original iPod, the iPhone and the Apple Watch (and everything in between). No new Apple design is complete without Ive narrating a slickly produced video showcasing how devices like the iPhone and Mac Pro are crafted and assembled in his cool, brooding English accent. You can see an example of his famous (and often parodied) voiceovers in the video below. “Jony is a singular figure in the design world and... Read more...
When it comes to questions swirling around Apple’s Mac division, there’s the corporate speak, and then there’s the commentary from the folks down in the trenches deep within Apple. Earlier today, we heard from Apple CEO Tim Cook that users need not be worried about the direction of the Mac. "Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we're committed to desktops,” said Cool in a post to Apple’s employee message board. “If there's any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.” However, a new report from heavy-hitting Apple insider Mark Gurman details more troubling concerns within the Mac division.... Read more...
Does Xiaomi's Mi 4 handset bear a resemblance to Apple's iPhone 5? You betcha, and Xiaomi boss Hugo Barra isn't ashamed to admit as much. However, he's not willing to concede that Xiaomi is stealing Apple's designs, as famed design chief (for Apple) Jony Ive once alleged when stating the similarities between products isn't "flattery," but "theft." Chinese startup Xiaomi has risen in the ranks as a maker of premium Android smartphones that sell for less than what Samsung charges. And like Samsung, Apple takes issue with Xiaomi's designs. Samsung was once sued for copying the look and feel of Apple's iPhone products, and you have to wonder if Xiaomi find itself the target of litigation someday.... Read more...
The Apple Watch was announced back in September 2014, but it was just released to the public two months ago. Those who were able to get their pre-orders in early have had plenty of time to assess the pluses and minuses of Apple’s first wearable. Now that product availability is beginning to improve, even more people are getting a taste of what the Apple Watch has to offer. With that said, information is already starting to trickle out about the next generation Apple Watch, and it looks as though it will address some of the strongest criticism leveled at the current generation wearable. This information is coming from a source that has been incredibly accurate when it comes to previous Apple product... Read more...
Apple design guru Jony Ive has just received a big promotion from his boss, CEO Tim Cook. Following a management shakeup a few years back that saw the ouster of Steve Jobs’ shadow, Scott Forstall, Ive took over the reigns as Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design. Now, however, Ive has been given the newly-created position of Chief Design Officer. Even though Ive has a new title, Cook explained in a company memo that he will “remain responsible for all of our design, focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives.”Sir Jony Ive Beginning July 1, Ive’s day-to-day management duties will be split between Apple veterans Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. Howarth will take... Read more...
You have to hand it to Apple, it thinks big. Apple executives are confident in their products and seem to have a pretty good idea about what customers want. The “Apple Way” has also allowed Apple to become the world’s largest listed company. However, with Apple’s success comes more than a bit of arrogance. This time around, CEO Tim Cook is wagging his finger at the competition with regards to the upcoming Apple Watch (which will retail from $349 to $17,000). In a new interview with Fast Company, Cook describes why his competitors have “gotten it wrong” with the current crop of smartwatches. “The inputs that work for a phone, a tablet, or a Mac don’t work as well on a smaller screen,” Cook explains.... Read more...
At the end of February, it was revealed that Motorola was in the process of extending its Moto Maker customization tool to the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch. The Moto Maker has been available for the Moto X smartphone for quite some time now, and allows users to personalize the color of the body/buttons and texture (back cover) of their smartphones. The Moto Maker for the Moto 360 is now live and allows customers to choose from three case finishes (natural steel, dark steel, champagne gold) and nine different bands. Some of those options are going to cost you extra, however. You can choose between three leather band colors at no additional cost, but opting for a standard metal band or... Read more...
When it comes to matters of product design in the consumer electronics space, Apple’s Jony Ive likes to think that his company is the purveyor of all that is good and righteous in the realm of design taste. Last month, Ive thumbed his nose at Motorola’s Moto Maker tool that puts customers in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing how their smartphone looks. Ive castigated Motorola, stating, “I believe that’s abdicating your responsibility as a designer.” Ive’s know-it-all stance on product design was on full display in a recent interview with the Financial Times. When describing the development process of the Apple Watch, Ive explained, “Even now, when the design of the Apple Watch is incredibly... Read more...
Apple designer extraordinaire Jony Ive is never one to mince his words, and he sank his teeth into Motorola’s flesh earlier this month in an interview with The New Yorker. In the interview, Ive lambasted Motorola’s Moto Maker tool that allows customers to personalize their Moto X smartphones with a number of colors and textures. “Their value proposition was ‘Make it whatever you want. You can choose whatever color you want,’” said Ive “And I believe that’s abdicating your responsibility as a designer.” Let’s not forget that the Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch will be available in a number of finishes (dark/light aluminum, dark/light stainless steel, two gold color options) with numerous bands ranging... Read more...
In a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker, Apple Senior Vice President of Design Sir Jonathan “Jony” Ive, talked about topics ranging from the development of the Apple Watch, to automobile design, to his relationship with the late Steve Jobs, to his views on competitors’ products. It’s that last point that has ruffled a few tail feathers in the Motorola camp. Although Ive didn’t mention Motorola by name, it was pretty clear that the Lenovo-owned brand was the direct target of his “scathing” comments. Ive chastised Motorola’s Moto Maker, which allows customers to “take charge” of the outward appearance of their smartphones, stating, “Their value proposition was ‘Make it whatever you want.... Read more...
Apple's design guru Jony Ive isn't particularly loud mouthed or known for a quick temper like some industry players -- we're looking at you, T-Mobile chief John Legere -- but he also isn't afraid to offer up an honest response on topics that personally affect him. One of those topics is the design of the iPhone and how he feels when he sees rival phone makers copy parts of the design. Let's just say that Ives isn't having any of that 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' nonsense. Taking his position way over on the other side of the spectrum about as far away as you can get to flattery, Ives considers the practice theft, plain and simple. "I don't see it as flattery. I see it as theft,"... Read more...
Some big money was raised at a special (RED) charity auction at Sotheby's in New York City over the weekend. One of the hottest items turned out to be a special edition red Mac Pro designed by Jony Ive and Mark Newson, which brought in a generous $977,000. It was the fourth biggest money maker during an auction in which almost $13 million was raised for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Mac Pro is the same one that Apple will begin selling to the public in December, except it has a red exterior rather than a black one. Non-auction models will have a starting price of $3,000, well south of the $977,000 the red model fetched, which was expected to bring in between $40,000... Read more...