Did Steve Jobs know about Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch is the first major product to be launched without any involvement from Steve Jobs, but according to one of his long-time associates, the Apple cofounder was well aware that Jony Ive was working on a timepiece. On Thursday at Glance Conf in San Francisco — the first Apple Watch conference ever — […]

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Internet questions Jony Ive’s sanity with new iPhone battery case

Apple’s new Smart Battery Case just gave “fugly” a new definition: Functional, but ugly. The new case came as a surprise this morning, offering iPhone 6s owners some extra juice and protection, but its weird hump has drawn the attention and ire of fans, leading many to wonder, ‘did Jony Ive really approve this thing?’ Not […]

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Talk show host explains why it pays to be pals with Jony Ive

Popular U.K. talk show host Jonathan Ross (possibly best known to U.S. readers as the husband of Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman) recently gave an interview about technology as part of the IAB Digital Upfronts 2015 conference. In addition to touching on Apple Watch and a variety of other tech topics, the most interesting anecdote came […]

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Jony Ive explains why Apple Pencil is unlike any other stylus

In what seems to be less of a rare occurrence these days, Chief Design Officer of Apple Jony Ive gave an interview  about the iPad Pro for launch day. Specifically, he talks about the infamous optional accessory called the Apple Pencil. Being that most people at first glance will see this as an overpriced, $100 stylus, it’s fair […]

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Custom Lego minifigs put Jobs, Woz, and Cook on your desk

A company that specializes in making Lego-ized versions of tech-world giants is offering minifigures based on Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, current CEO Tim Cook, and some people who work for other companies, if you want to be all diverse about it. The figures won’t even set you back that much, really. Depending […]

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Jony Ive Discusses His Lasting Memory of Steve Jobs, New Role as Chief Design Officer

Today at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Jony Ive sat down with director JJ Abrams and film producer Brian Grazer in a panel titled „Changing Worlds, Inventing Worlds“ and spoke about his lasting memory of Steve Jobs and his new role as Chief Design Officer.

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Ive said he had messy feelings about Jobs when he died and knew of the „incredible complexity“ of his attributes, but that in the four years since his death most of those attributes have receded. Since then, Ive believes he’s been left with something that is „just him.“

Quite honestly, what’s remained, I never would have predicted four years ago. What’s remained is almost unremarkable, but what’s remained is his very simple focus on trying to make something beautiful and great. And it really was simple. There wasn’t a grand plan of winning, or a very complicated agenda. That simplicity seemed almost childlike in its purity. And it’s true.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so happy, as I saw him—this very simple kind of joy—when he would realize, “This is actually working out. This could be great.” It was just the simplicity of that.

That simplicity stands in „stark contrast“ to the way Jobs is being portrayed in films like the upcoming Steve Jobs, according to Ive. He notes that Jobs had a sense of civic responsibility to make something good that contributed to humanity and culture.

When asked about Jobs portrayal in Steve Jobs, Ive noted that he „didn’t recognize this person at all.“ He went on to say that the way someone is portrayed can be „hijacked“ by people who aren’t close friends or family.

Ive also commented on his new role as Chief Design Officer, saying that he „should have done this years ago“ and that he hasn’t felt „this happy and creative in years and years.“ Ive’s new role, which he officially assumed on July 1, allows him to be more hands-off with day-to-day operations in addition to focusing on new ideas and future initiatives. Ive’s day-to-day management of the design team has been turned over to Alan Dye, vice president of user interface design, and Richard Howarth, vice president of industrial design.



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London’s ‘tired’ flagship Apple Store may be next for a Jony Ive overhaul

After the opening of the redesigned, tree-filled Apple Store in Brussels, Apple’s flagship Regent Street store in London may be next to get the Jony Ive treatment. Working with the architectural firm responsible for the Gherkin skyscraper, Apple’s plans call for it to transform what it refers to as the “tired and outdated” look of […]

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Creepy soundboard turns Jony Ive into your puppet

Jony Ive has one of the coolest, most suave voices among Apple’s executive leadership team. I could listen to him pronounce ‘aluminum’ and ‘metallurgists’ all day. Now thanks to a creepy new soundboard you can make Apple’s chief design officer say pretty much anything you want. Developers Amy Hoy and Thomas Fuchs created a new […]

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Short and sweet: All the new magical stuff from Apple’s big event

From the iPhone to the iPad to the Apple TV, Cupertino’s constellation of magical devices just got a little more magical. Did you expect all that Apple goodness? Most of what we heard today already churned through the rumor mill: the plus-size iPad Pro; new Apple Watch finishes and bands; a refreshed Apple TV with […]

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