Jony Ive, the man behind the look of the likes of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, has been promoted to Apple's chief design officer.
He revealed his new role in an interview with Stephen Fry. He said that the newly created role will involve spending more time overseeing the design of the company’s growing number of stores. Ive will still have overall control of the look of Apple’s products and their user interface.
Richard Howarth, who played a lead role in shaping the iPhone, will take over as head of industrial design. Alan Dye, who designed the menus and navigation on the new Apple Watch, will become head of user interface.
Ive said that his two right-hand men are "as good as it gets." Together, they will be in charge of developing the look and feel of Apple’s upcoming products.
Apple said that Ive will now be able to focus more on "current design projects, new ideas, and future initiatives.” What lies in store is anyone’s guess. An Apple car is the latest rumour, but we’ll see what unfolds in the coming months.