The hardware designer who replaced Jony Ive leaves Apple
Evans Hankey, Apple’s vice president of industrial design, is expected to leave the company by April next year.
As Bloomberg reports(Opens in a new window), Hankey’s decision to leave was announced internally at Apple this week. She took over the role when Jony Ive left the company in 2019 and therefore oversaw the hardware design of Apple products as Intel and AMD transitioned to their own M-branded chips.
In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said:
“Apple’s design team brings together expert creatives from around the world and from many disciplines to dream up products that are unmistakably Apple. The senior design team has strong leaders with decades of experience. Evans plans to stay as we navigate the transition, and we’d like to thank her for her leadership and contributions.”
Apple is of course left with the problem of who will replace Hankey? As 9To5Google suggests(Opens in a new window)designer Richard Howarth might be a favorite as he served as vice president of industrial design between 2015 and 2017, when Ive became director of design.
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With Hankey staying at Apple for another six months, we’re unlikely to know where she’s going next. However, having held such an important position at Apple, it is unlikely that she ran out of offers.
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