Queen knights Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive in New Year's honours list

Queen knights Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive in New Year's honours list

Summary: Apple's senior vice president of design Jonathan Ive, credited with design work of the MacBook, the iPhone and the iPad, will become a knight in 2012.

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Apple's head of design Jonathan Ive is to be knighted by HM The Queen in the New Year's Honours list.

The list released last night announced that Ive, who currently holds rank as Commander of the British Empire (CBE), is to be knighted "for services to design and enterprise".

Sir Jonathan, as his official title, now lives in the United States but was born in London. He described the honour as "absolutely thrilling" and said he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful".

It will allow him to use the title whilst in any Commonwealth country where the Queen is head of state, including the United Kingdom.

Ive's knighthood comes under a different government administration, which processes the state awards on behalf of the Queen.

It was reported earlier this year that former prime minister Gordon Brown under the previous Labour administration blocked the honorary knighthood for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Reports suggested that in "retaliation" for Jobs turning down an offer to speak at the Labour party political conference the year before, the award was turned down by the then-prime minister.

Ive studied at Northumbria Polytechnic -- now Northumbria University -- where he read industrial design. He then went to work for a design agency, where Apple as one of the clients, was so impressed that the company hired him.

Shortly after Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1995, Ive became the head of Apple's design team a year later. He went on to transform the company in his own way by creating and designing next-generation products, which would go on to pave the way for the 'Apple 2.0' that we know today.

Jobs described Ive as his "spiritual partner" in the recent biography of the Apple co-founder, written by Walter Isaacson. Ive was reportedly "hurt" by Jobs taking the credit for some of his work that came from both himself and his team.

Ive can be credited with the design of many Apple products, such as the MacBook Pro, the iPhone and the iPad, along with many others.

Ive's knighthood will be "conferred by the touch of a sword by Her Majesty the Queen" in early 2012, where the title will be formally bestowed upon him.

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  • RE: Queen knights Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive in New Year's honours list

    So that is the man with no boss huh?
    slickjim
    • Have no idea what you are saying here....

      @Peter Perry .. In other words huh?

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • RE: Queen knights Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive in New Year's honours list

        @James Quinn When Jobs left the company he said that Jonathan Ives answers to nobody at Apple... Basically meaning this guy has final say on all products.
        slickjim
      • Ah now I understand... Well with him being a Knight and

        @Peter Perry ... all I can understand this situation. who wants to give orders to a guy with a sword and armor handy?

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
    • RE: Queen knights Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive in New Year's honours list

      @Peter Perry

      This is the first time you've heard of Jony Ive?
      msalzberg
  • Probably the single least appealing aspect...

    ...of the Blair and Brown governments was the blatant partisanship in the awarding of honors (yes, I'm an American). If I were in David Cameron's place, I'd be considering how to distance the honors system from the government of the day, since it's clear that nobody is going to vote against a government MP because of how knighthoods are awarded. Perhaps a non-partisan commission to advise the Queen modeled after the one that advises the Canadian Governor-General on admissions to the Order of Canada would do the trick. Or maybe the major parties should agree to allow the Queen to award non-military knighthoods entirely at her own discretion, as she already does for the Order of the Garter (at this point, I trust the Queen's judgement on honors a lot more than I trust that of any politician likely to be appointed PM).
    John L. Ries