Apple's design chief is leaving the iPhone company after nearly 30 years - here's why that's such a big deal
- Apple chief design officer Jony Ive is leaving Apple after nearly 30 years.
- Ive is credited with leading the design of Apple's biggest products: the original iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and the Apple Watch.
- After Apple announced Ive's upcoming departure, the company's stock took an $8 billion hit.
- Whether Ive's departure will hurt or help Apple remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: Ive was a hugely impactful character in Apple's rise to dominance.
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The man responsible for the design of the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch is leaving Apple this year.
His name is Jony Ive, and he's the British voice you've assuredly heard narrating Apple's minimalist product introduction videos. He's also Apple's chief design officer: The executive in charge of making Apple's products look and feel as good as they do.
But also, perhaps more importantly, Ive is the last major public connection to the Steve Jobs era at Apple - an era where design was king, and Apple leapt from boutique hardware company to one of the world's most valuable companies.
It's for all these reasons and more that his departure is such huge news, and has many wondering what it will mean for the future of Apple.