Key Apple TV designer Ben Keighran is leaving the company, reports Recode. The outlet spoke to Keighran, who says he’s making his exit soon, and he’d eventually like to start something new. “I want to create not just a killer product, but my own iconic company.”
Mr. Keighran came to Apple in 2012 as part of its Chomp acquisition—a search startup he cofounded. During his three years in Cupertino, he helped oversee the look and feel of the software on the fourth generation Apple TV, which was just released in November.
Keighran wouldn’t comment on Apple projects that haven’t seen the light of day, beyond acknowledging that “we looked at many different ways of delivering an awesome TV experience.” He said the decision to leave Apple was “really difficult. I’ve totally fallen in love with the people, the culture, the product.”
During his tenure at Apple, Keighran reported to Bill Bachman, who oversees all iTunes media apps, and was part of the group that rolled up to Eddy Cue. His departure is notable given his position, and Apple’s obvious interest in conquering the living room.