Jony Ive’s (semi) departure from Apple opens some interesting possibilities

Jony Ive’s (semi) departure from Apple opens some interesting possibilities

Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company that will count Apple among its clients. It will be a blow — in after-hours trading, Apple saw around $9 billion wiped from its market cap —  but it also opens up some new, interesting possibilities.

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Jony Ive is leaving Apple to form an independent design company (with his ol’ company as a client)

Jony Ive is leaving Apple to form an independent design company (with his ol’ company as a client)

Apple has announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company that will count Apple among its clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive and his new company will reportedly continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

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AWT News Update: November 22, 2017

AWT News Update: November 22, 2017

A short podcast today, the day before a national holiday in the USA. We talk about where to watch huge balloons careening around the streets of Manhattan online, iPhones made in India, and a Jony Ive talk that you can't attend:

  • Want to watch a mammoth balloon of Olaf from Frozen online instead of standing in the streets of NYC? We tell you who will probably have the parade available on your Mac, iOS devices or Apple TV
  • A new iPhone SE could be out in the next three to four months, and this one will be manufactured in India
  • Jony Ive will be speaking at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum, but tickets to the talk will be harder to come by than an iPhone X
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AWT News Update: November 9, 2017

AWT News Update: November 9, 2017

The road to a $1 trillion company, an interview with Jony Ive, and the opening of the Apple Park Visitor Center all make today's news on the Apple World Today News Update Podcast:

  • Apple closed for the second day at a share price that gives the company a market cap of over $900 billion
  • Jony Ive talks with Wallpaper* about the iPhone X and Apple Park from a designer's viewpoint
  • Cupertino residents get a special preview of Apple Park's Visitor Center next Thursday
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How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

Here's a fun bit of design trivia for you. The Wall Street Journal published a big article on Apple chief designer Jony Ive's touches on the soon-to-be-opened Apple Park today, but that's not the key piece of the article in my opinion. The fascinating bit? Apple's white plastic earbuds that came with the original iPod and have since morphed into the EarPods and AirPods we know so well were influenced by none other than the sparkling white body armor of Star Wars Stormtroopers.

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