Apple's head of hardware design will leave the company

Evans Hankey, Apple's head of hardware design, will leave the company, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Following Jonny Iver's departure in 2019, the former vice president of industrial design leads Apple's design team alongside software design chief Alan Day.

However, at present, it seems that Apple products do not seem to need many design changes?

Evans Hankey has been in office for three years, and no one will take over for the time being after he leaves, so there seems to be a gap in Apple's position.

Hankey took over in 2019 from renowned designer Jony Ive, the company's most iconic design director for 20 years. Before taking on his current VP of Industrial Design, Hankey had been at Apple for several years, reporting to Ivor, but has since reported to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams.

Evans Hankey's departure was announced internally this week, and Hankey told colleagues that he would remain at Apple for the next six months. The company has not named a replacement. Hankey currently manages dozens of industrial designers.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hired Jony Ive as design director when he returned to the company in the late 1990s, but he announced his departure in 2019, and now Hankey's departure For the first time since the Jobs era, the position of Apple's design director has been vacant.

Richard Howarth was a key designer on Iver and Hankey's team, reporting to Iver as a brief head of industrial design between 2015 and 2017.

An Apple spokesperson said: "The senior design team has strong leaders with decades of experience. Evans plans to stay on during our transition, and we would like to thank her for her leadership and contributions."

Bloomberg believes that with the thin and light aluminum iPad, the boxy MacBook Pro and the iPhone, which ushered in the era of "bangs" full-screen, "design" has been one of the key elements of Apple's products for decades, and it is also different from Samsung Electronics, A key factor for Amazon and other major competitors.

The void left by Hankey, they argue, could affect Apple's future plans and could lead to cosmetic issues for the company's future products.

Of course, Apple has been developing key innovative devices in recent years, including MR headsets, AR headsets that will be launched next year, and electric vehicles that may be launched in the late 20s. These imaginative products will have a design. Extremely demanding.

Alan Dye, Apple’s head of software and user interface design, will not be leaving, people familiar with the matter said, who still report to Williams and who was promoted in 2019. They also said that Gary Butcher, a former top designer at Dye and now vice president of design at Airbnb Inc., will return to Apple.

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