Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2010

Jobs and Ive

The special relationship between Great Britain and the U.S. extends to the most prestigious ranks of corporate America. Whenever Steve Jobs suits up in his trademark black turtleneck to unveil the newest Apple product, it is thanks in part to the work of Jonathan Ive, the English-born senior vice president at Apple in charge of industrial design. Ive, the designer on items including the colorful iMac, the iPhone and the iPod Nano, is in daily contact with Jobs, and the two are known as the "Steve and Jony show." Ive joined up with Apple in 1992, when the company was failing to follow up on the success of the Macintosh in the 1980s. And while Ive permanently settled in California in the 1990s, the expat would go on to receive the highest of British honors. In June 2005, it was reported by the Sun that the royal family had decided to get a gift for the music-loving Queen — a six-gigabyte iPod.