Steve Jobs described Jony Ive as his "spiritual partner" at Apple, as the person who had more operational power than anyone else at Apple except him. In the year following Jobs' death, the pipeline of Jobs-Ive creations launched, including the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and new iMacs, and Ive gained additional powers under Apple's new leader, Tim Cook. He is not only in charge of Apple's award-winning hardware design, but also the look and feel of the software across all products, following the forced departure of iOS software chief Scott Forstall in October.
The British-born Ive might not be as spiritually close to Cook as he was to Jobs, but they share the same design sensibility, which Ive has described as bringing "calm and simplicity to what are incredibly complex problems, so that you're not aware really of the solution, you're not aware of how hard the problem was that was eventually solved."
The 45-year-old Ive also received a new title from his native country. He became Sir Jonathan Ive when he was knighted at Buckingham Palace in May. In 2005 he was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Sir Jony's next act will likely be to do for TVs what he and the Apple brain trust did for music players, phones, and tablets.