Apple’s redesigned iMac was designed, at least in part, by Jony Ive, the company’s longtime design director. Wired reports that even though I officially left Apple in 2019, it was still involved in the design of the first new iMac chassis in a decade.
Unfortunately, the details here are quite vague. Apple apparently didn’t confirm the timeline of Ive’s involvement in the new iMac design, only that he “worked on it.” The treat was first spotted by MacRumors.
the Wired review explains:
Jony Ive was involved in the design of this new iMac, although he left Apple in 2019. Hardware design is a long process, so maybe it’s no surprise that Ive’s fingerprints are all over the place. on this new desktop. But, interestingly, Apple wouldn’t confirm or deny if it was working on the 2021 iMac. after he left the company – just that he had worked there.
Product design takes years, especially at Apple and especially for such a drastically redesigned product as the iMac M1. So it’s no surprise that Eve was potentially involved in the design of the iMac in 2018 and 2019, before he left. Although some reports indicated that he had started to pull out of Apple before the official departure.
What’s interesting to consider, however, is whether I’ve only been involved in the earlier stages of the iMac redesign, or if he continued to work on it after leaving Apple. As a reminder, I left Apple to form their own independent design company LoveFrom, and it was rumored that Apple would be a customer of LoveFrom. We haven’t learned more about the extent of this relationship, however.
It’s easy to see how Jony Ive potentially influenced the design of the new iMac, ranging from the ultra-thin body to the iconic chin that persists. The design turned out to be somewhat polarizing because of that chin and the white glasses.
Even though I’ve been somewhat involved in the design of the new iMac, it seems fair to assume that most of the inspiration came from the current Apple Industrial Design Group, led by Evans Hankey and Alan Dye.
What do you think of the new design of the iMac? Are you surprised to learn of Jony Ive’s involvement? Let us know in the comments.
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