According to an interview by Apple fan Stephen Fry, Jony Ive has been promoted to the new role of chief design officer with British-born Richard Howarth now head of Industrial Design at Apple and American Alan Dye as the new head of User Interface.
Fry spoke with Ive and Apple CEO Tim Cook for an interview published in The Telegraph.
Ive says the new role will free him up to focus on design work – his clear passion. Howorth and Dye will support him by taking up some of the administrative and management work which isn’t, by Ive’s admission, a strength.
He will also spend more time travelling with a greater engagement in Apple’s retail stores, as well having a hand in the design and construction of Apple’s new campus – a six-storey (four above ground, two below) circular edifice that has a circumference of about 1600 metres.