In 2012, Ive became the SVP of Human Interface (now simply 'Design') following the departure of Scott Forstall. Christie led software design efforts at the company, reporting to Craig Federighi; however, Ive sat in on design meetings to 'provide leadership and direction'.
Christie's departure reportedly stems from disagreements with Ive over the design of iOS 7.
When Ive tasked Apple’s Human Interface team with redesigning iOS 7 to include an entirely new look, Christie and Ive reportedly clashed over design direction, after which Ive is said to have circumvented Christie’s leadership of the team during the new operating system’s development. Christie’s impending departure comes in the months ahead of significant updates to both iOS and OS X. While iOS 8 will retain the same overall design as iOS 7, OS X 10.10 will be revamped with a flatter look that loses the textures that Christie utilized to make the iPhone the most popular gadget on the planet.
Notably, Christie has just been in the news to talk about the 'slide to unlock' feature he invented ahead of Apple's trial with Samsung. He also provided a look at the secret room where the iPhone was born.
Christie's departure from Apple would be a significant loss for the company; however, it would solidify Ive's control over both hardware and software design, allowing for better integration between the two.
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