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Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie saying goodbye after 20 years




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Apple has officially announced following a scoop by 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman this afternoon that Greg Christie, Apple’s Human Interface Vice President and also known as the man who designed most of the concepts behind the user experience that would become a staple of the iPhone, and thus the modern smartphone as a whole, would be leaving the company after 20 years.

Greg Christie was essentially the head of design for all of Apple’s major platforms, including OS X and iOS, for years now. His influence was limitless – without Christie, both the iPhone and Mac OS X would look very, very different today. Christie will be sticking around Apple for a greater part of the rest of 2014, and following his departure Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive, who famously took the lead in redesigning iOS 7 last year, will be taking on Christie’s responsibilities.

While Mark Gurman also reported that Greg Christie’s decision to leave was influenced by growing discord between him and Jony Ive, DaringFireball‘s John Gruber says that this was not at all the case, saying, “Christie and Ive may not see eye to eye on UI design style, but his departure isn’t nearly as contentious as Mark Gurman’s report at 9to5Mac implies. The basic gist I’ve heard is that Christie is a guy who’s been in a high-pressure, high-profile job for 18 years, most of it reporting to Steve Jobs. He’s made a lot of money and is ready to enjoy it.”

You know what Mr. Christie? I don’t blame you – I’d be ready to smell the roses after such a long time in Cupertino as well. Let’s hope Ive is up for the challenge.

Source: Recode / 9to5Mac / DaringFireball