Jony Ive shakes things up, iOS Human Interface VP Greg Christie leaves Apple
As much as people may criticize Apple for retaining the original user interface that we saw with iOS 6 and prior, there’s no denying that it changed the industry in 2007. Greg Christie was one of the leaders of this revolution, coming up with ideas that have become basic features of any smartphone today, like slide-to-unlock. Sadly with the departure of Scott Forstall, and with the appointment of Jony Ive as the decision maker behind the visual design of iOS, it seems that things got a little too dramatic between the two.
Christie’s team was responsible for the redesign of iOS 7, but sources claim that even though Christie reported to Craig Federighi, the design meetings were led by Jony Ive, and there were constant clashes between the two. According to the report:
“Sources say that Christie’s upcoming departure is significant and stems from a falling out with Ive. When Ive tasked Apple’s Human Interface team with redesigning iOS 7 to include an entirely new look, Christie and Ive reportedly clashed over design direction, after which Ive is said to have circumvented Christie’s leadership of the team during the new operating system’s development.”
After Christie leaves the company, the whole software design team will now report to Ive and not Federighi, which also marks another change in the way Apple will operate going forward. It’s hard to tell if this change will be positive or negative for Apple’s implementation of iOS 8 before WWDC, but we’ll definitely know more about this in June.