Evans Hankeysenior vice president of industrial design at apple, will leave the company next year. Successor of the consecrated Jony Ive, the executive will leave the company just over three years after assuming the chair. The news was first published by Bloomberg this Friday (21) and later confirmed by the giant.
In Cupertino, Hankey’s departure was announced earlier this week. Sought, Apple confirmed that the executive, in fact, will leave the position, but that she will remain at the company for at least six months to assist in this transition of leadership.
Apple’s design team brings together [profissionais] expert creatives from around the world and across many disciplines to imagine products that are undeniably Apple. The senior design team has strong leaders with decades of experience. Evans plans to stay on as we work through the transition, and we’d like to thank her for her leadership and contributions.
So far, no name to replace her has been considered. Hankey also did not say about his next plans or which company he should go to in 2023.
Apple products may change in the coming years
As senior vice president of industrial design, Hankey was responsible for overseeing the look and feel of all Apple products — from the biggest, like the Macs, to the smallest, like the AirPods. Since taking the position, she has worked directly with Alan Dyehead of design for software and human interface.
Hankey’s departure leaves the future of Apple’s hardware uncertain. Although the company has a long-term plan for its devices, such as iPhones, for example, it is very likely that it will take new directions in terms of design – something that happened after the Ive’s departure.
In addition, the executive’s departure comes at a very important time for the Cupertino giant. This because, according to some rumorsthe company may launch its AR/VR headset as early as next year to directly compete with Meta.
Under new leadership, a change in the design of the company’s products could become a reality. However, it may be difficult to notice these changes in the giant’s products a year or two from now, given that developing hardware takes time.
With information: Bloomberg and 9to5Mac