Jony Ive and Tim Cook on Apple’s design process, new materials, revamping software and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2014

Apple’s design guru Jonathan Ive rarely gave any interviews under the Steve Jobs regime. But this are different now, this is Tim Cook’s Apple. In another sign of much-welcomed openness signaling that the Cupertino firm has changed its ways when it comes to public relations, it’s increasingly making its key executives available to media.

The New York Times just published a must-read interview with Ive, following its extensive profile of Tim Cook yesterday.

The fascinating read touches upon a number of interesting topics dealing with Apple’s design process, giving us valuable insight into what it was like to brainstorm products with Steve Jobs watching over your back, especially contrasted to Tim Cook’s more relaxed approach which delegates much of Jobs’s multi-faceted work to Ive and several new executives… Read More


Apple’s design guru Jony Ive and U2′s Bono to talk (RED) charity partnership at Cannes Lions festival

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2014

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity said today that Jonathan Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design, will be in attendance of the Cannes Lions festival, due later this month in Cannes, France.

In addition, the rock band U2′s lead singer Bono will be honored with his first ever LionHeart Award. The two men are scheduled to sit down for an interesting 45-minute chat to talk working together on (RED) campaigns that raise funds to help fight AIDS.

Apple recently donated a cool $500,000 to a San Francisco anti-poverty charity. Besides, a charitable auction for a lunch with CEO Tim Cook has raised over $330,000… Read More


San Francisco museum to honor Jony Ive with lifetime achievement award

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2014

According to a new report by MediaBistro, Jony Ive will be presented with this year’s Bay Area Treasure Award on October 30. The award is granted annually by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in recognition of artists and creative leaders who have redefined visual art.

Ive will be the 15th recipient of the award, joining the likes of Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas and famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. And he’s being honored for his long history of designing innovative products for Apple, which include the iMac, iPhone and iPad… Read More


Apple confirms iPhone UI creator’s departure, shoots down ill-founded power struggle claim

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 10, 2014

Yesterday, blogger Mark Gurman reported that Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface, Greg Christie, will be leaving the company. Christie’s name is on a hundred Apple patents, among them the famous slide-to-unlock invention asserted in its second California patent trial against Samsung.

The herald of Apple’s iOS design aesthetic, his departure was framed as a significant loss for the company based on Gurman’s assertion that Christie was forced out due to his falling out with Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design, over iOS design direction.

However, turns out that Gurman’s sources were wrong: Apple on Thursday denied the claim of an internal power struggle. Christie’s departure after 18 years of service was planned and is part of a leadership transition inside the Human Interface group, Apple said in a statement to several media outlets… Read More


iPhone UI creator Greg Christie departing after falling out with Jony Ive over iOS design direction

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2014

Ever since Tim Cook took the reigns at Apple, the firm’s been in a perpetual shakeup mode. The most famous change at the top occurred on October 29, 2012, the day a press release was put out saying “Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple” the following year.

The unexpected change saw Apple’s lead hardware designer Jony Ive assume a greater role as he got to “provide leadership and direction” for Apple’s Human Interface (HI) group across the company, on top of his longtime role as the leader of Industrial Design.

With Ive in charge of all design at the company, Apple has ushered in a new era of visual simplicity with the release of iOS 7 last September, representing the biggest rethinking of the iPhone’s user interface since the handset’s inception.

However, a new report asserts that collaboration between Ive and Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface, Greg Christie, has been a rocky one

In fact, Christie is rumored to be leaving Apple soon as a result of his falling out with Ive over the iOS’s design direction… Read More


Jony Ive talks design, Steve Jobs, iWatch rumors and more in new interview

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2014

The typically quiet Jony Ive participated in a new interview which surfaced online yesterday. The Sunday Times was able to sit down with Apple’s world-renowned designer for a lengthy discussion on a wide range of topics as part of its ‘Makers of the 21st Century’ series.

As usual, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite parts from the article, but I’ll go ahead and tell you right now, the entire thing is worth reading. It’s very well written, covers a wide range of topics, (5 pages worth) from rumors to copycats, and Jony Ive is surprisingly candid… Read More


How Jony Ive almost gave up his industrial design course in college

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2014

Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of all Design across the company, is the world’s top industrial designer and likely the most powerful figure inside Apple: Tim Cook may be steering the ship and making sure the trains run on time, but it’s Jony Ive calling the shots in terms of product development and hardware/software design.

But more than twenty years ago, Ive almost gave up on his industrial design course in college, prompting renowned designer Tom Karen to meet with Ive’s father and talk some senses into his teenaged son… Read More


Jony Ive’s brief removal from Apple’s Leadership page blamed on a technical glitch

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2014

After being promoted to Apple’s Senior Vice President of all Design, London-born industrial designer Jony Ive’s prominence both internally and externally has raised tremendously as a result. Ive’s become arguably the most important Apple exec as he now gets to control and oversee key aspects of the company’s product development efforts.

According to Walter Isaacson’s bio book on Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder ensured there was no one at the company to boss Jony around. Small wonder then that the blogosphere went into overdrive as Ive’s bio photo disappeared from Apple’s corporate Leadership web page earlier this morning, albeit only briefly.

The page wouldn’t show Ive among the high-ranked Apple executives, such as CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller. Making matter even more peculiar, the URL never stopped working and would continue to take visitors to Ive’s bio page.

Shortly after Ive’s photo was back up again, an Apple spokesperson said in a written statement that the brief removal was the work of a technical glitch and cautioned bloggers not to read too much into it… Read More


Nest founder Tony Faddell spotted with Jony Ive’s (RED) Mac Pro

By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2013

Remember last month when we told you that Jony Ive’s one-of-a-kind Mac Pro sold for nearly $1 million at his Product (RED) auction? And do you remember thinking who in the world would pay that much money for a computer? Well it looks like the answer is Tony Faddell.

Photographer Kevin Abosch posted a handful of tweets this afternoon with photos of the ‘father of the iPod’ and Nest founder posing next to the (RED) Mac Pro, as well as the solid gold EarPods from the same auction. The two items combined sold for close to $1.5 million… Read More


Red Mac Pro designed by Jony Ive, Marc Newson sells for $977,000 at auction

By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2013

Remember that beautiful, one-of-a-kind red Mac Pro designed by Apple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newson we told you about last month? Well it and several other items designed by the pair sold this weekend at their Sotheby’s (RED) Auction in New York.

And as with most high-profile charity auctions, the selling prices for most of these items were pretty ridiculous. The Mac Pro, for example, was expected to sell for between $40,000 and $60,000, but it ended up selling for just shy of a million dollars… Read More


Jony Ive on Charlie Rose on the value of simplicity

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2013

Apple’s SVP of Design Jony Ive along with his good friend, industrial designer Marc Newson, has lent his magic touch to a few one-off items for Sotheby’s (RED) charity auction to help fight AIDS in Africa. Some of the unique objects the two men designed include a one-off red-colored Mac Pro, a unique aluminum-clad desk and a gorgeous Leica M camera.

Ahead of tomorrow’s charity, Ive and Newson sat last night with American television talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose to discuss how they interacted to create these unique objects of affection that’ll end up being used by their highest-paying owners… Read More


Good deal: 55% off Jony Ive bio and Inside Steve’s Brain book combo

By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2013

It’s been a big week for Apple-related book releases, with two major titles hitting the shelves: Dogfight: How Apple And Google Went To War And Started a Revolution and Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products.

The latter is a full-length biography on Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design. And if you’ve been thinking about picking it up, you’ll be interested to know that you can snag it at a nice discount in this two-book combo deal… Read More


New Jony Ive bio book hits iBooks Store, here are juicy bits

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2013

I’ve been following Leander Kahney for quite some time now, going all the way back to his Wired and The Guardian years. Kahney now runs the Cult of Mac Apple blog and he’s already published three books about technology and Apple’s culture: Inside Steve’s Brain, the New York Times bestseller about Steve Jobs, Cult of Mac about the creation of the Mac and Cult of iPod which chronicles how Apple’s music player came to be.

Building on the experiences in writing these books, Kahney has now taken a crack at demystifying Apple’s arguably most powerful executive after Tim Cook, the guy who put sexiness in Apple’s gadgets and flattened all your icons – 46-year-old British industrial designer Sir Jonathan Ive.

I’ve skimmed through the book and cherry-picked a few interesting anecdotes… Read More


Jony Ive talks designing for Sotheby’s (RED) charity

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2013

Apple’s SVP of all design, Jony Ive, recently contributed to a couple unique items conceived specifically for Sotheby’s (RED) charity auction. These include, among other objects of affection, a one-off red-colored Mac Pro, a unique aluminum-clad desk and an awesome retro-looking Leica M camera.

Ive already talked about creating that camera and working with influential industrial designer, Australia-born Marc Newson, and now we get to see the two men discuss the intricacies of working with Sotheby’s on making these nice auction items a reality… Read More


One-of-a-kind Mac Pro designed by Jony Ive to be auctioned off for charity

By Cody Lee on Oct 26, 2013

A one-of-a-kind Mac Pro is scheduled to go up for auction by Sotheby’s next month. Designed by Apple senior vice president of design Jony Ive and friend Marc Newson, the red, aluminum-clad Mac is expected to sell for as much as $60,000.

The two designers have teamed up on a number of other one-off products for Sotheby’s upcoming benefit. And the proceeds from these and other items will go to Product (RED), a long-time Apple partner that fights AIDS and other diseases… Read More


Here’s Jony Ive-designed, aluminum-clad (RED) Desk

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2013

If I had tens of thousands of dollars to burn on various objects of affection, I’d make a bid for this ultimate work desk, created by Apple’s senior vice president of design Jony Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson. It’s another item among the more than 40 limited-edition objects designed by Ive and Newson and slated to be auctioned off on November 23 on the behalf of Bono’s Product RED initiative, well-regarded for its long-running partnership with Apple… Read More


Jony Ive on designing the one-off Leica M for (RED) camera

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2013

Apple’s SVP of Design Jony Ive recently teamed up with Australia-born Marc Newson (another influential industrial designer who conceives designs for aircraft, furniture, jewelry and clothing) to create a one-of-a-kind, aluminum-clad Leica Rangefinder for Product (RED).

Vanity Fair sat with the two men to discuss various topics ranging from design in general to collaborating on the special-edition Leica camera to how it felt creating a product that’ll ultimately be enjoyed by just one user… Read More


Beautiful Jony Ive-designed Leica M camera revealed ahead of charity auction

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2013

It’s been more than a year since we first received word that Apple’s design wizard Jony Ive was going to be helping Leica design a limited-edition camera. The device, along with many others, was to be auctioned off for charity.

But the radio silence on the project ended today, with the German optics company revealing the ‘The Leica M for (RED).’ It’s a one-of-a-kind camera, designed by Ive, and it’s set to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s late next month… Read More


Cook, Ive, Federighi sit down with Businesweek for a wide-ranging interview

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2013

Last time an Apple executive gave a detailed interview to Bloomberg Businessweek was in December 2012, when CEO Tim Cook talked Scott Forstall, collaboration and management changes.

Following last week’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c introduction and yesterday’s release of iOS 7, the most significant visual change to Apple’s mobile operating system since the original iPhone, the publication interviewed Cook and his lieutenants, design guru Jony Ive (who designed iOS 7) and software head honcho Craig Federighi.

In a wide-ranging interview, the three men discussed iOS 7, collaboration, competition, Android, the so-called cheap iPhone and other topics.

I’ve included the best quotes right below… Read More


Apple posts iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c product videos to YouTube

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2013

Can’t get enough of the new iPhones? Yeah, us either. So as you can imagine, we were excited to see that Apple has posted three new promotional videos for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on its YouTube channel this evening.

Ok so they’re not new videos—Apple showed them during its media event earlier today. But for those who missed them, or just love watching Jony Ive talk against a white background, we’ve posted the clips after the break… Read More

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