Jonathan Ive rumoured to be leaving Apple for UK return

iPod, iPhone and iPad designer looking to leave Apple

Apple on the back foot as Ive looks to leave following Steve Jobs absence

Apple’s iconic Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jonathan Ive is reportedly contemplating leaving the fruity tech giant in a bid to return to his native UK.

Ive, creative mastermind behind the fluid curves and insatiable desirability factor that surround Apple’s most high profile products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, is reported by The Sunday Times to be at “loggerheads” with Apple over his intent on moving back to the UK in order to educate his children on home soil.

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Claimed to be on the brink of cashing in a three year ‘golden-handcuff’ deal that will see him bank around £25 million in Apple shares, Ive is believed to have expressed his desires to Apple’s board with a negative response to his proposed relocation and trans-Atlantic commuting intentions.

A close family friend is quoted in the reports stating: "Unfortunately he is just too valuable to Apple and they told him in no uncertain terms that if he headed back to England he would not be able to sustain his position with them."

Responsible for one of Apple’s key selling point and famed trademark standards, designer Ive’s departure would mark a serious blow for the tech behemoth that is currently reeling from the latest medically-induced leave of absence for CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, looks unlikely to return to his position with Apple after a US tabloid claimed theformidable front man has just six weeks left to live having been spotted leaving a cancer specialist in California.

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Via: Guardian