NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Now that Apple ( AAPL) has promoted design guru Jony Ive to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer, speculation is likely to grow regarding the implications of Ive presumably giving up the daily handling of Apple's famous product-design operations.
So far, analysts appear to be taking a mixed view of Ive's promotion and the implications of what Ive's new role means for both his future with the company, and its product-development operations.
Tim Bajarin, of technology research firm Creative Strategies, said that by promoting Ive, CEO Tim Cook has made it easier for Ive to be more flexible when it comes to getting feedback from Apple customers and giving input into the design of all of Apple's products."This was a smart move by Tim Cook," Bajarin said. "Ive's center of the universe is design, not managing day-to-day operations. Making him a C-level executive frees him to spend more time on design. It is smart to put key executives under him that handle the nitty gritty of hardware and software design."
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Ive has been with the company for more than twenty years, first starting at Apple in 1992. His impact over the past twenty-odd years is enormous, both in terms of products and impact to the company, and ultimately, its shareholders.
Since Ive joined Apple, shares have risen nearly 6,000%, compared to a 400% rise in the S&P 500.
His first major design was the company's iMac desktop PC in 1997, shortly after Steve Jobs returned as Apple's CEO. Ive is also credited with being central to the design of the iPhone, iPad, many Mac computers and the Apple Watch. In the biography Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, Jobs described Ive's importance to Apple by saying, "He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me."