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  • Apple’s Jonathan Ive Might Be Moving Back to England: Rumor


    Jonathan Ive, Apple’s leading industrial designer, apparently wants to spend more time in his native England, if the rumors circulating are true. Ive outlined a plan to Apple’s board of directors, where he would commute from the Cupertino campus to his home in Somerset, England. Apparently, the board didn’t go for the idea and they’ve “been at loggerheads” ever since. Ive and his wife would like to move back to England so they can raise and educate their twin boys there.

    A family friend recently stated, “'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.”

    Back in 2008, Ive received a “golden handcuffs” option that allowed him to buy Apple stock when it was at a much lower price than it is today. He was able to buy Apple stock in the $100 range as long as he agreed to stay with the company. He is now eligible to sell the stock, which is reportedly worth approximately $30 million. Apple stock prices have gone up considerably since 2008, this week closing at $348.16 a share.

    An Apple spokesperson predictably answered with “no comment” when questioned about Ive’s plans for the future. With Apple CEO Steve Jobs on a medical leave of absence, and Jonathan Ive possibly heading back to England, two of Apple’s most influential players may not be around to shape the future of Apple. Jobs recently refused to outline a plan of succession to the board of directors, although Tim Cook is the obvious choice. Will Apple still be as successful a company without its two most influential men? I certainly hope so. I would hate to see Apple head back to the dark days when Gil Amelio was in charge.

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple’s Jonathan Ive Might Be Moving Back to England: Rumor started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. reagan5194's Avatar
      reagan5194 -
      Wow apple is a sad company if he wants to live in England he should be able to
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I love that guy
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      He should just build a machine to teleport to the U.S when he has to design something. Maybe it could also be made of "Magic"!!!!!
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      He'll always be just a FaceTime away... heh...
    1. mw_w's Avatar
      mw_w -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      He should just build a machine to teleport to the U.S when he has to design something. Maybe it could also be made of "Magic"!!!!!
      Lol
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      He's really moving to England to answer his real calling, replacing every commercial and trailer narrator in existance.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Surely Apple and Ive can come to some agreement where he can work from England.
      He's a huge reason why all our products look the way they do, it'd be sad to see him go but that's what he wants then he should go.
      If Ive and Steve both step down this year then Apples stock might drop low enough for me to afford a few shares
    1. Waaasobe's Avatar
      Waaasobe -
      I love his passion for what he does, it would be a shame to see home leave
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      He should just build a machine to teleport to the U.S when he has to design something. Maybe it could also be made of "Magic"!!!!!
      Nope, there's an app for that
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Apple should let him work and commute if he's that much of an important asset to them. Family first seems like something Apple would support. I guess Jonathan has enough sheckles to retire though yeah?
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Hmmm I have a baaaad feeling about this.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      At least someones smart to get out of this hellhole we live in.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Th3_Amazing_Ath3ist View Post
      At least someones smart to get out of this hellhole we live in.
      As an atheist I didn't think you'd believe in hell
    1. Drizahy's Avatar
      Drizahy -
      Apple should buy him a small island off the US coast. Then kidnap all his friends and family to put on the island. Lastly crack a whip and say get back to making more bad*** products.

      Seriously it would be hard to see a guy torn between things he loves. Would make for a lifetime movie.
    1. Stonetz's Avatar
      Stonetz -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Family first seems like something Apple would support.
      I think you're confused. I'm not saying they're more or less evil than other companies but Apple is just as profit orientated.

      At this level in any company your life is going to be second to the companies needs for sure.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      omgomgomg! someone other than messany posts a rumor! where are all the trolls that hate messany's rumor posting????
    1. Volerikan's Avatar
      Volerikan -
      $30 million is just about enough money I need for the rest of my life. So if he leaves he's all set.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      He should just build a machine to teleport to the U.S when he has to design something. Maybe it could also be made of "Magic"!!!!!
      It's 2011: why do people still need to fly to meetings? I attend a lot of meeting myself. 98% of meetings could be done through webex or some other kind of telepresence thing, and FaceTime could be used for one-on-ones (although, this would be a good reason for Apple to pump up the capability for multi-participant FaceTime). Cisco even has some HD 'prosumer' telepresence thing that is supposed to be jabber client compatible.

      The dude could easily get away with a week trip to Cupertino every 6 weeks and doing the rest virtually. If Apple doesn't want to do that, they are a bunch of idiots. You could easily negotiate the travel as part of his compensation ('want to move to England? Fine, but in lieu of paying for travel, no raise for you'). UK is pretty expensive place to live in style, so it would be a bit of a pay cut to move there at the same salary but, if that's what he wants, he should take it.
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Wowzers... If you took Jobs and Ive away, all that would be left of Apple is "PP."
    1. CrunchDude's Avatar
      CrunchDude -
      I love Jony Ive, but go back to England...? And for the stated purpose so that he and his wife can raise their twin boys? I know we have a crappy educational system that favors people with money and tha..... Hey, wait a minute, Jony Ive is rich and California has some of the best universities in the entire country, several of which happen to be within short driving distance to Cupertino. What's the matter, it doesn't rain enough in Northern California? Something's wrong. Let's have a script for Zoloft and Xanax and put those "golden handcuffs" back on, but this time, let's tighten them up a little and for a longer period of time. And TSA, put him on the no-fly list.