Jony Ive becomes Apple's first-ever chief design officer

— 9:27 AM on May 26, 2015

On an otherwise sleepy Memorial Day, Apple had some news to share. Jony Ive, formerly senior vice president of design, has taken on the role of chief design officer, a new position in the company's executive suite. A pair of his deputies, Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, will serve as heads of user interface design and industrial design, respectively. The news broke in an article written by Stephen Fry for the Telegraph, and it was later corroborated by a memo from Tim Cook obtained by 9to5Mac.

Ive told Fry that the new position will allow him to focus less on management and administrative work, while he devotes more time to travel and Apple's retail stores. As for Dye and Howarth, it appears that the day-to-day running of the design team will be in experienced hands.

Howarth has been with the company for 20 years, according to Cook's memo, and he's worked on the iPhone and Mac. Dye, in his nine years with Cupertino, has helped to shape the design of iOS 7 and 8, as well as the software that powers the Apple Watch.

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