Legendary designer Jony Ive to leave Apple after 27 years

He was the design force behind Apple Inc.’s renaissance from the iMac up through the iPad, and now he’s leaving the company after 27 years.

Apple AAPL, -0.03% shares ticked lower in the extended session Thursday after the tech giant said legendary designer Jony Ive was leaving the company.

The company said Ive will leave “later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients.”

Ive, who joined Apple in 1992 and has led its design team since 1996, has been credited as being the force behind Apple’s designs over the past few decades.

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