Apple's design guru Jony Ive is back to managing the design team, after taking a two-year hiatus from day-to-day operations to work on the company's "next big product" as chief design officer.
"With the completion of Apple Park, Apple's design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design," an Apple spokeswoman told Bloomberg.
In 2015, Ive stepped away from his role of an Apple senior vice president where he oversaw hardware, software UI, and retail store design. Apple dubbed it a promotion, and presumably Ive was turning his attention to design Apple Park and iPhone X.
Apple's bio for Ive now states: "Jony is responsible for all design at Apple, including the look and feel of Apple hardware, user interface, packaging, major architectural projects such as Apple Park and Apple's retail stores, as well as new ideas and future initiatives."
We have reached out to Apple to learn more about Ive's new position change.
On Friday, Apple also updated its leadership page to include the removal of Richard Howarth who was VP of industrial design. Howarth took part of Ive's day-to-day roles in the 2015 change.
General counsel Bruce Sewell and VP of inclusion and diversity Denise Young Smith were also removed as part of previously announced changes.
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