APPLE SOFTWARE DESIGNER Greg Christie has announced that he is leaving the firm after almost 20 years, amid speculation that he has had a falling out with Jony Ive.
News of Christie's depature broke on Wednesday, with reports adding that Apple SVP of design Jony Ive will take over control of Apple's software design group. This reportedly will involve Ive removing designers from Craig Federighi's engineering group and moving them to his industrial design group, and will see Ive taking full control of the design of iOS 8 and the next version of Mac OS X.
Apple confirmed Christie's departure in a statement, saying, "Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple.
"He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class Human Interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years."
While Apple paints a pretty picture of Christie and Ive's relationship, Apple news website 9to5Mac has a different story, and claims that the departure is due to Christie's differences with Ive. The two reportedly clashed over design direction in iOS, after which Ive is said to have circumvented Christie's leadership of the Human Interface design team.
Christie's departure comes just weeks ahead of Apple's WWDC conference, suggeting that he likely wasn't pleased with the impending updates to Apple's iOS and Mac OS X software.
Christie was part of the team that developed the first version of iOS, but Ive was viewed as leading the firm's recent "flat" design shift that debuted in iOS 7. µ