ITHINGS DESIGNER Jony Ive has disappeared from Apple's website, sparking fears that he has left the company.
Ive's profile still appears on Apple's website if you search for it, but the British designer is nowhere to be found on Apple's US executives website. We checked, and Ive was listed on the website just last week, but now his mugshot is nowhere to be seen.
Bizarrely, Ive still appears on the UK version of the same webpage.
This has sparked some Twitter users to speculate that Ive has resigned or been let go by the company, but we think that seems quite unlikely.
As noted by 9to5Mac, which spotted Ive's missing profile, when a staffer leaves the company, their accompanying bio is also deleted, whereas Ive's can still be accessed. What's more, if such a high profile departure were to occur at the company, it's likely that Apple would issue a press release about it.
This has led us to believe that Ive's disappearance is little more than a website glitch. However, if the rumours of Ive resigning from the company are true, it will be a big loss for Apple.
Ive oversees Apple's Industrial Design Group and is the leader of the company's Human Interface division, a position he took in October 2012 after the then SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall was forced out of the company following Apple's Maps fiasco.
Ive was also awarded a gold Blue Peter badge last year for his role in "inspiring children around the world".
Apple has told us that Jony Ive's profile was taken down for maintenance, and will be back at some point today. µ