Mark Gurman, the well-known Apple blogger that often has leaks which pan out to be accurate more times than not, is now laying out some interesting news. According to Gurman, Greg Christie, the guy who came up with “slide to unlock,” is leaving Apple. Why would someone who has influenced the iPhone be leaving Apple? Jony Ive, apparently, is the reason. The report says that there has been “friction” between Christie and Ive, which has let the former to decide leaving was the best option.
What does this mean? For one, it means Jony Ive now has complete control (well, technically) over what iOS and OS X will look like and how it will work from here on out. It is said that some of the friction came from the redesign of iOS 7, which Christie and Ive disagreed on the direction it should be taken. Ive, then, is said to have gone around Christie and disregarded his leadership over the project. This would irritate anyone, so it isn’t surprising to see that this caused distrust between the two.
With Ive now at the helm of human interface in its entirety, it seems that his dreams are finally coming to complete fruition: software and hardware being designed side-by-side. This could go both extremely well or terribly wrong, and we just don’t know yet. Steve Jobs was known to put a great trust in Ive, so I’m not sure we should be too worried about Ive in control. That doesn’t detract from the loss that Apple is taking with Christie leaving, however. He has played pivotal roles when it comes to how the iPhone came to be, and without him helping decide where it will go, that may be some yet-to-have-happened great ideas being wasted. Who knows.
What do you think? Are you excited or worried about where Ive will take iOS and OS X? Wondering if there are more reasons for his departure? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.