Jony Ive, Apple’s longtime design chief, announced that he is leaving the company later this year to launch his own independent design company called LoveFrom. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a company statement. Read more to see three iconic Apple products that Jony Ive helped design over the years.
iPad (Gen 1)
The first-generation iPad boasts an Apple A4 processor, a 9.7″ touchscreen display, and, on certain models, the capability of accessing cellular networks. It was first announced and unveiled on January 27, 2010 at a media conference. On April 3, 2010, the Wi-Fi variant of the device was released in the United States, followed by the release of the Wi-Fi + Cellular variant on April 30. During the first 80 days, three million iPads were sold.
The iPhone 4, which Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs touted as the thinnest smartphone in the world at the time, featured a stainless steel frame that doubled as an antenna, with internal components situated between aluminosilicate glass. It was also the first Apple device to use the new high-resolution “Retina Display” with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch while maintaining the same physical size and aspect ratio as its precursors, along with the A4 system-on-chip.
Apple introduced a complete redesign of the iMac in 2007, featuring an aluminum, glass and plastic enclosure. There is only one visible screw on the entire computer, located at the base of the iMac for accessing the memory slots. It has a black, plastic backplate that is not user-removable. In March 2009, Apple released a minor refresh of the iMac line, which added a fourth USB port, replacement of two FireWire 400 ports with one FireWire 800 port, replacement of mini-DVI with Mini DisplayPort, and a slightly redesigned base which is thinner.