Apple Inc.’s chief designer Jony Ive is leaving after decades at the iPhone maker to form an independent company—with Apple as one of its primary clients.
Ive is responsible for the look of the company’s most iconic products, including the iPhone.
“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park,” Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in a statement. “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.”Apple shares slipped about 1 percent in extended trading. The stock closed at $199.74 in New York.