Jonathan Ive

By MacRumors Staff
Jonathan Ive (aka Jony Ive) is Apple's Chief Design Officer. He oversees all of the design at Apple, from the look and feel of Apple hardware to software user interfaces and retail packaging. He also oversees Apple's major architectural projects, including Apple Campus 2 and new retail stores.

Ive has been a part of Apple's design team since 1996 and is largely known as the main designer behind Apple's iconic products, from the iPhone and the iPad to the MacBook and the Apple Watch. As of 2012, he has also been responsible for Apple's human interface team, leading the development of new software. Until 2015 when he was promoted to Chief Design Officer, he served as Apple's Senior Vice President of Design.

In June 2019, Apple announced that Ive would be leaving the company to start his own design firm, with Apple as a "primary client."

Jonathan Ive Articles

Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Retaking Direct Control of Design Team [Updated]

Friday December 8, 2017 11:51 am PST by
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is once again taking over management of the design team at Apple according to changes made to Apple's official "Apple Leadership" website. The site was updated this morning to remove the profiles of Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who were managing the day-to-day operations at Apple while Ive oversaw all of Apple's design projects, and Bloomberg has confirmed...

Tim Cook and Jony Ive Talk Apple Campus 2, Apple Watch in New Interview

Wednesday February 17, 2016 10:08 am PST by
Apple executives Tim Cook and Jony Ive sat down with Vogue this week to discuss a range of design-oriented topics, from the company's spaceship-shaped second campus to the Apple Watch. On Apple's second campus, which is under development in Cupertino, Tim Cook shared some details on the giant pile of dirt that's been building up in the center of the site as construction has progressed....

60 Minutes Airs 'Inside Apple' Special Providing Close Look at Company

Monday December 21, 2015 5:53 am PST by
60 Minutes on Sunday aired an Inside Apple special with correspondent Charlie Rose that included interviews with a number of Apple's senior executives alongside closer looks at Apple's secretive design studio, camera lab, mock next-generation Apple Store and under construction Campus 2 project. Watch "Inside Apple, Part One" (Image: CBS) Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed a wide range of topics...

Jony Ive on Apple Pencil: A 'Natural' and 'Familiar' Extension of Traditional Drawing Tools

Wednesday November 11, 2015 5:42 am PST by
Alongside today's launch of the iPad Pro and its Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, Apple design chief Jony Ive shared his thoughts on the new stylus accessory with The Telegraph. Addressing the device's strong resemblance to an actual pencil, Ive stresses that a familiar and natural feel is key to the user experience.“We hoped if you are used to spending a lot of time using...

Jony Ive on the 'Intertwining of Fashion and Technology' and 2016 Met Gala

Tuesday October 20, 2015 2:03 pm PDT by
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Apple would sponsor its annual 2016 Gala and Costume Institute exhibition, with Apple Design Chief Jony Ive serving as co-chair of the event. The Gala, which takes place next year, is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," and while few details are available this early on, The Wall Street Journal has now shared a...

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

Wednesday October 7, 2015 5:50 pm PDT by
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. Image via Vanity Fair Ive said he had messy feelings about Jobs when he died and knew of the "incredible complexity" of his...

Jony Ive Says Apple Watch Hermès Doesn't Make Apple 'Exclusive'

Friday September 11, 2015 8:30 am PDT by
Apple design chief Jony Ive and Hermès artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal about how the Apple Watch Hermès came to be. Interestingly, the two companies began collaborating on the premium Apple Watch last year, several months before the wrist-worn device was released.“It’s something highly unusual for Apple to do—to talk about an unannounced...

Jony Ive and Jimmy Iovine to Speak at Vanity Fair 'New Establishment' Summit in October

Wednesday August 26, 2015 5:04 pm PDT by
Vanity Fair today announced its speaker lineup for the 2015 New Establishment Summit, revealing that Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive as well as Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine will be attending as speakers. This is the second year in a row Ive is attending as a speaker. Last year, Ive detailed Apple's design process in his talk, explaining that he and his fellow designers gather around tables ...

Apple's Marc Newson Believes Automotive Design is Lacking Progress

Thursday August 13, 2015 9:02 am PDT by
The Wall Street Journal has published an in-depth profile of industrial designer Marc Newson, a longtime friend of Apple design chief Jonathan Ive who joined the Cupertino-based company in September 2014. The interview touches upon a number of topics, ranging from Newson's creative process and design philosophies to his favorite artists and fashion designers. Apple designers Marc Newson (left) ...

Jony Ive Officially Takes 'Chief Design Officer' Title at Apple

Wednesday July 1, 2015 7:05 pm PDT by
Apple senior executive Jonathan Ive has officially assumed the role of "Chief Design Officer" at Apple effective today, after being promoted from his previous role of "Senior Vice President of Design" nearly six weeks ago. Apple has updated Ive's executive profile on its leadership website to reflect the design chief's new position as Apple's third active C-level executive alongside CEO Tim Cook...

Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer at Apple, Alan Dye and Richard Howarth Take Over Day-to-Day Design Management

Monday May 25, 2015 6:05 pm PDT by
Apple today announced the appointment of Jony Ive to a newly created position of Chief Design Officer, allowing him to continue overseeing design aspects of numerous projects within the company while turning over the day-to-day management of the design teams to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who have both been elevated to vice president positions. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the changes today in...

Jony Ive Reveals Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Bands at Milan Design Week

Friday April 17, 2015 5:46 pm PDT by
Earlier today the Apple Watch went on display at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design, with Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller and design consult Marc Newson in attendance. Now, it appears that Jony Ive also made it to the event, revealing exclusive sport band colors for the Apple Watch at the same time. Image via Umberta Gnutti Beretta Instagram Art enthusiast and philanthropist...

Tim Cook Featured in TIME's List of '100 Most Influential People'

Thursday April 16, 2015 6:46 am PDT by
Apple CEO Tim Cook has made TIME's annual list of "the 100 most influential people" alongside several other notable celebrities, business executives, scientists, authors, healthcare professionals, iconic leaders and more. Cook's segment was written by John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia. The chief executive last made TIME's list in 2012, less than one...

Jony Ive Discusses Design of Apple Watch in Latest Interview

Friday March 6, 2015 3:59 am PST by
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive recently discussed the meticulous process that went into creating the Apple Watch in a new profile with Financial Times. Ive describes the Apple Watch as "the most personal product" that Apple has ever made, with "thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing" invested into the device. “Even now, when the design of the Apple Watch is incredibly...

Jonathan Ive Discusses Steve Jobs and Apple Watch in 'The New Yorker' Interview

Monday February 16, 2015 4:49 am PST by
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has been interviewed in an exhaustive profile with The New Yorker, in which he discusses a number of topics ranging from Steve Jobs to the Apple Watch. The interview provides a rare glimpse inside Apple's design studio at Two Infinite Loop at its Cupertino headquarters, as Ive shares some of his experiences working at Apple over the past few decades. The...