San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Apple designer Jonathan Ive is expanding his role within the company. The Cupertino-based company announced that Greg Christie, Apple Human Interface Vice President, is retiring. Christie led the software designs for products. According to the internal email, Christie’s group will report directly to Ive now.
“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 [Jonathan] for many years,” said a company spokesman via the Wall Street Journal.
Christie has been with Apple for 18 years and was instrumental in designing the iPhone software. He testified in last week’s patent trial against Apple.
Christie’s departure means that Ive will expand his role from hardware design to software. Ive already started with the iOS 7 interface redesign even with Christie still leading the Human Interface team. This led to Ive and Christie clashing over design direction. Ive was accused of circumventing Christie’s leadership.
Christie’s texture designs for previous versions of iOS was one of the things that made the iPhone popular. He is the credited inventor of the iPhone’s “slid to unlock” patent.