The British designer behind most of Apple’s iEverything was knighted. The man behind the wonderful designs of the iPhone, iPad and the old-school candy colored iMac as well as their sleek all-in-one versions now gets to add the title “Sir” to his name. Ive began working for Apple in 1997 and is now the company’s senior vice-president of industrial design.
From the Associate Press:
LONDON — The Briton credited with designing some of Apple’s most revolutionary products — the iPod, iPhone, iPad and iMac computer — was knighted by Princess Anne Wednesday. Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, was made a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (KBE) in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Ive, who is now entitled to call himself “Sir”, told The Daily Telegraph in a rare interview that the knighthood was “incredibly humbling”. The products Ive designed not only transformed Apple’s fortunes but also rocked the music and entertainment industries. He has been described as the most influential Briton living in the US. So it is almost unnerving to hear him reveal that, despite having already set the bar so high, his most important work is yet to be revealed to the world. “What we?re working on now feels like the most important and the best work we?ve done… which of course I can?t tell you about,” he said in the Telegraph interview.
Ive, aged 45, was born in London but now lives in San Francisco.
Also receiving honours at the ceremony were Sir Peter Bazalgette, 59, of Endemol, the company behind Big Brother, who is knighted for services to broadcasting, and Oxford professor of poetry Sir Geoffrey Hill, 79, who was knighted for services to literature.