New Yorker reporter Ian Parker spoke to Jony Ive and other ranking Apple employees about Ive’s contribution to the company since he joined in 1992. The lengthy profile details Jony Ive’s life at Apple and includes a rare trip into Apple’s design studio on the company’s Infinite Loop campus. Much of the profile focuses on the upcoming Apple Watch and the design considerations that went into creating the wristwatch device.
Apple decided a wearable notification device should be worn on the wrist and began to work on the Watch several years ago, right before the passing of Steve Jobs. At the same time Apple was beginning its Watch, Google began its journey on its Glass eyeglasses. Speaking about Google Glass, Ive comments that the face is the wrong place for such a device as it impairs face-to-face conversation between two people.
You can read more about Ive in the New Yorker profile. It’s a long piece, but worth a read as it is one of the most comprehensive profiles of Apple’s illustrious industrial designer. I have ever read.