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Often known as Jony Ive, Sir Jonathan Ive joined Apple in 1992 and was made Senior Vice President of Industrial Design under Steve Jobs in 1997. Rumors suggest he almost left Apple shortly before his new appointment. Ive and Jobs were known to be very close and Ive was granted free reign to work and innovate as he saw fit. His title was recently updated from Senior Vice President to Chief Design Officer in July 2015.

In 1989, Ive earned a first class Bachelor of Arts degree from Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). He is famous for his unique and popular (although controversial at the time) design of the iMac line, which started in 1998. This success led to his other design accomplishments with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Ive has shared that iconic designer Dieter Rams has been a major influence for him, and Rams has mentioned that he believes Apple to be one of the few companies that designs around his ‘ten principles of good design.’


Jony Ive AI device could get $1B funding from Laurene Powell Jobs

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We first heard last year that former Apple design chief Jony Ive and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman were working on some kind of AI hardware project. It was later reported that Tang Tan, Apple’s chief iPhone and Apple Watch designer, was also joining the project.

A report now suggests that the pair are now seeking a billion dollars in funding, and are in talks with Steve Jobs’ widow, founder and president of the Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs …

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Jony Ive tried to discontinue the MacBook Air – Walt Mossberg

Ive reportedly wanted to discontinue the MacBook Air

A rather sketchy report claims that Jony Ive tried to persuade Apple to cease making the MacBook Air, leaving a redesigned MacBook Pro as the only portable Mac.

The story comes from Walt Mossberg, who admits that it’s based on a single source within Apple, but says that person was at “a very high level” with exceptional product knowledge …

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Jony Ive reportedly discussing new AI hardware project with OpenAI CEO

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Jony Ive became famous for his role as chief design officer at Apple, as he was responsible for many important projects at the company. Ive left Apple in 2019 to found his own design firm, LoveFrom, and has since worked with partners such as Airbnb and Ferrari. According to a new report, Ive is now discussing the project of a new “AI hardware” with Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI.

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Airbnb Rooms feature; Apple inspiration; Jony Ive redefining the mission

CEO Brian Chesky has said in a new interview that a number of the changes Airbnb has made – including Airbnb Rooms and a complete reorganization of the company’s structure – were inspired by Apple.

He added that the launch of Airbnb Rooms represents the company returning to its roots: letting people rent out a room in their home, rather than an entire apartment …

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Jony Ive talks life and design – before and after Apple

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Former Apple design head Jony Ive talks to the press relatively infrequently, and it seems clear that one reason for this is that he’s always asked the same questions, and ends up recounting the same stories.

But some interviews reveal a few more things, as is the case in his latest sit-down, with WSJ Magazine deputy editor Elisa Lipsky-Karasz …

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Three years ago, Apple stopped selling Jony Ive’s book ‘Designed by Apple in California’

Three years ago, Apple stopped selling Jony Ive's book 'Designed by Apple in California

Back in 2016, Apple surprisingly released a physical book called Designed by Apple in California, which had many photos of Apple products created by Jony Ive. In 2019, Ive left the company, and Apple stopped selling the book after that. Although it was quite expensive, the book was certainly one of the most different products Apple has ever released – and I’m glad I was able to buy one.

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Jony Ive LoveFrom contract was likely only ever a PR fiction; ending it means nothing

Jony Ive LoveFrom | Fiction section of a library

It was reported yesterday that the Jony Ive LoveFrom contract with Apple has ended, meaning that the company’s longtime design chief is now fully detached from the iPhone maker.

My own view, though, is that the “news” means nothing, and that the contract has served the only purpose it ever had: preventing AAPL investors from panicking when Ive left the company …

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‘After Steve’ book review and tidbits: Forstall friction, Apple Car origin, Jony’s exit

After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul, the new book by WSJ turned NYT technology reporter Tripp Mickle, and is out today. 9to5Mac received an advanced copy for review. Its pages split the reader’s time between tracking the origin and careers of Apple’s top two decision makers of the last several years, Tim Cook and Jony Ive, including much of what has already been documented publicly. New details around Scott Forstall’s last year at Apple, the origin of the Apple Watch, and telling moments during the early development of the fabled Apple Car project complement the narrative enough to keep the attention of the most tuned-in Apple observers.

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The final years of Jony Ive at Apple: relationship with Tim Cook, Apple Watch vision, and burnout to come

Jony Ive leaving Apple isn't a disaster

“What would happen to Apple now that Steve Jobs is dead?” That was the billion-dollar question made by Wall Street, Apple fans, and the company’s employees in 2011.

More than a decade later since Apple’s cofounder died, the Cupertino company is doing better than ever, but a new book by New York Times Tripp Mickle called After Steve talks about how Apple became a trillion-dollar company and lost its soul. One of the reasons was Jony Ive leaving the company.

In an article published today in the newspaper, Mickle adapts a part of his book and talks about the final years of Jony Ive at the company.

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Hans Zimmer praises Apple’s Spatial Audio technology; says Jony Ive gave him a pair of headphones he worked on

The well-known composer Hans Zimmer was recently interviewed by Zane Lowe on Apple Music. While most of the conversation was about Zimmer’s career, they also talked about Spatial Audio – which is something the musician seems to enjoy quite a bit. Zimmer also mentioned that Jony Ive sent him new headphones created by Apple’s former design chief.

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Former Apple design chief Jony Ive announces multi-year partnership with Ferrari

Jony Ive leaving Apple isn't a disaster

In June of 2019, Apple announced that chief design officer Jony Ive would be departing the company to form his own independent design firm called LoveFrom. Since then, details about Ive and LoveFrom have been sparse, aside from a multi-year Airbnb partnership announced last year.

Today, however, Ferrari and Exor (the holding company that controls Ferrari) have announced a multi-year partnership with LoveFrom to “explore projects in the luxury business.”

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