Evans Hankey is leaving Apple

Evans Hankey is leaving Apple

One of Apple’s chief designers, Evans Hankey, will leave the firm, three years after the departure of Sir Jony Ive

Apple is going to undergo another shake-up in its design team, with the news of a high-level departure.

Featured Apple leaker Mark Gruman reported in Bloomberg Newsciting people with knowledge of the matter, that VP of industrial design Evans Hankey is leaving the iPhone maker.

According to the report, Hankey’s departure was announced within the company, and Hankey reportedly told his co-workers that he will remain with Apple for the next six months.

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The Gruman/Bloomberg report also noted that no replacement has been named so far.

One possible candidate to take the job is reportedly Richard Howarth, who briefly held the role of vice president of industrial design from 2015 to 2017, at the same time that legendary Apple designer Sir Jony Ive was “promoted” to director of design.

Hankey’s departure is notable, as he took over Apple’s design leadership in 2019, along with chief software designer Alan Dye, following Jony Ive’s departure in late 2019.

Hankey oversaw industrial design, and during his tenure, Apple released the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14 models, as well as the MacBook M1.

Hankey is understood to have worked with Jony Ive and eventually became leader of the design team, officially assuming the senior position of Vice President of Industrial Design following Ive’s departure.

Apple reportedly thanked Evans for his contributions to the company and confirmed that he plans to stay on for a transition period.

“Apple’s design team brings together creative experts from around the world and across many disciplines to imagine products that are undeniably Apple,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“The senior design team has strong leaders with decades of experience,” the spokesperson added. “Evans plans to stay while we work through the transition, and we’d like to thank him for his leadership and contributions.”

Operations, not design

Hankey exits as Apple is secretly developing a number of new devices, including a augmented reality helmetand even the long life electric car (formerly known as Titan Project).

His departure also raises concerns that Apple is relegating the firm’s design executives, after it was noted that Apple leadership page it has not featured a single design executive since Sir Jony Ive left the company.

Indeed, critics of CEO Tim Cook point out that he has repeatedly put operations executives in charge of key decisions, thus diminishing the contributions of the design group.

Sir Jony Ive

There was a commotion three years ago when Sir Jony announced in June 2019 that he was leaving Apple to form his own design company called LoveForm.

Reports at the time had suggested that Sir Jony had spent his recent years moving away from Applewith its last major design contribution (aside from its new headquarters) being the Apple Watch, introduced in 2015.

Sir Jony moved to the US (from the UK) in 1992 to work for Apple as a lead designer.

Sir Jony gained full design control when Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997 (Apple was in dire financial straits at the time) and headed the Industrial Design team responsible for most of the company’s major hardware products, including the iMac in 1998. and the iPod in 2001.

He was also responsible for the design of the iPod Mini (2004); the iPhone (2007); the MacBook Air (2008); the iPad (2010); apple watch (2015); and AirPods (2016).

One of his last projects was to finish Apple’s new corporate headquarters, Apple Park.

In 2005, he was named one of the most influential British expats by the Sunday Times, and in 2012 was knighted by the late queen.

Sir Jony’s contribution to Apple’s renaissance cannot be overstated, with the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs describing the British designer, as your spiritual partner in the firm.

Sir Jony provided vital continuity for Apple’s strategic vision after the death of Steve Jobsaged 56 in October 2011 after his eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

At one point, Sir Jonathan was even being debated as the next CEO of Apple.

However, Jobs’s death had a lasting impact on Sir Jony and in 2011 it was reported that he was in “clashes” with the company’s boardfor his desire to return to the UK.

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