Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Control Garage Door With iPhone
    08:10 Deals

    Unreal deal gets you Amazon’s hottest smart home gadget for $23 – plus a $40 c…

  2. Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum
    16:11 Deals

    Amazon coupon slashes our favorite self-emptying robot vacuum to its lowest price ever

  3. Amazon Echo Auto Price
    11:41 Deals

    Last chance to add hands-free Alexa to your car for $19.99 with this Amazon deal

  4. Amazon Gift Card Promotion
    14:41 Deals

    Amazon’s giving away $15 credits, but this is your last chance to get one

  5. Best Amazon Finds 2021
    08:49 Deals

    5 must-have Amazon devices you might’ve never even heard of

Has Jony Ive been even more integral to Apple’s success than Steve Jobs?

February 16th, 2015 at 11:10 AM
Apple Jony Ive Vs. Steve Jobs

In one sense, it’s ridiculous to speculate that Ive could be more integral to Apple’s overall success than Steve Jobs. After all, if Jobs had never come back, Apple would likely have been bought out or gone out of business all together. That said, a massive new profile of Ive in The New Yorker makes it clear that Ive possesses not only design smarts but a leadership style that may have been better suited than Jobs’ for getting the most out of the people who work for him.

Here’s the major difference between Ive and Jobs, as told in The New Yorker: While Ive shares Jobs’s restless perfectionism and attention to detail, he also isn’t as brutally nasty as Jobs used to be when criticizing others’ work. So whereas Jobs used to rip into people in very personal ways, Ive tries to make it clear that any criticism he levies is all about improving the product and not shaming people on his design team.

Even more importantly, Ive himself isn’t insulated from criticisms of his design ideas. In fact, Ive acknowledges that he and members of his team tend to go through “seasons” where they seem to lose all sense of good taste.

“Let’s say we’re talking about something that I’ve done that’s ugly and ill-proportioned — because, believe you me, I can pull some beauties out of the old hat,” says Ive. “It’s fine, and we all do, and sometimes we do it repeatedly.”

Ive also promotes a sense of solidarity on his design team and he really emphasizes that while all projects have a lead designer, every design has thorough input from other team players. In the end, everyone gets credit for a successful design since nobody has all the answers all the time.

The entire New Yorker profile is absolutely fascinating and can be found by clicking here.

Popular News