Following Jony Ive’s departure from Apple last week, the Wall Street Journal has reported that there have long been tensions between the tech giant and its chief design officer. CEO Tim Cook has now fired back at that piece in an email to NBC News reporter Dylan Byers, calling it “absurd” and adding that “the conclusions just don’t match with reality”.
“The design team is phenomenally talented,” he continues. “As Jony has said, they’re stronger than ever, and I have complete confidence that they will thrive under Jeff, Evans and Alan’s leadership.”
Other sources have also speculated that Ive had been distancing himself from the company in recent years, taking a step back from the design process ever since 2015’s Apple Watch release. Th WSJ even reports that Tim Cook “showed little interest in the product development process,” instead placing a focus on operations, which led to Ive becoming dispirited.
You can read Tim Cook’s email in the tweet below and can read Apple’s official press release about Jony Ive’s departure here.
Exclusive: In scathing email, Apple CEO Tim Cook tells me the @WSJ report about Jony Ive’s departure — and his frustration with Cook’s alleged lack of interest in design — is “absurd.” Says reporting and conclusions "don’t match with reality.”
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) July 1, 2019