Apple loses its industrial design mentor again

The successor to legendary former Apple design chief Jony Ive is apparently leaving her role just three years after taking it over. Evans Hankey, until now vice president of industrial design at Apple, is leaving the company according to a US press report.

According to the American economic service Bloomberg, which refers to sources close to Apple, the American computer group informed its collaborators this week that the current head of design Evans Hankey was leaving his post after only three years. Hankey was picked by Jony Ive himself for the job when he turned his back on Apple in 2019.

During Hankey’s time as head of the industrial design team at Apple, the company introduced the iPhone, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14, among others, as well as new MacBook models powered by ARM M1-series chips and M2. The reasons for his departure from Apple have not yet been revealed.

Before being named vice president of industrial design, Hankey had already worked for Apple for a long time and was part of Ive’s team. Ive had left the group in 2019, after more than 20 years at Apple, and then continued to advise the company for a time. He has since founded his own design studio.

According to the report, Apple’s head of design, who is stepping down today, will stay with the company for about 6 more months. It is not yet known who will take over his post. In addition, other changes have taken place within the Apple design team. Thus, Gary Butcher, another designer who has long been part of the team of Alan Dye, who took over the direction of software design after the departure of Jony Ive, should return to the company.

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