Jonathan Ive to receive £18m from Apple shares, considering move to England

Apple's critically acclaimed designer Jonathan Ive is set to earn £18m from shares, as a three-year deal tying Ive to the company nears its end. The "golden handcuff" deal, agreed during the global market crash, saw Ive receive £7m worth of Apple shares. The shares are now worth £25m, and Ive is keen to use his new freedom to return to England, reports The Sunday Times. As the online Sunday Times is subscription-based, an article from the Daily Mail detailing the deal has been making the rounds on tech news sites instead.

Having spent nearly 20 years in the United States, Ive is hoping to return to his manor house in Somerset so that his children are educated in England. Apple superiors, however, are keen for Ive to stay near Apple's headquarters. A friend of Ive's family said:

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

Credited with designing the iMac, Macbook, iPod and iPhone, Ive's influence has been felt throughout the gadget industry, from imitations to designs inspired by Ive's work. Ive has received numerous awards for his work, most recently being named "world's smartest designer" by Fortune. With Ive's iconic design a key selling point in Apple's products, Apple will most likely try to cater to his wishes and attempt to negotiate a solution that satisfies both parties.

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"Position Vacant: Head of Apple Industrial Design. Duties include: searchng 1950s Swedish appliance catalogues for cutting edge industrial designs."

tr0p said,
On MacRumors it also said he offered to 'commute'
what a commute that would be!

Yeah, although I'm sure quite a few people actually commute London - New York/Boston. (I know Apple is on the West).

Apple should just move to England, problem solved.

acnpt said,
Apple should just move to England, problem solved.

Their EU HQ is in Ireland. Perhaps that's what he meant by 'commute'.

It is the first time that i heard about Jonathan Ive.

IMHO :Apparently Jobs is really sick, he is running out of time, then they (Apple) decided to moved the "magic" to other persons. Right now, most people think that Jobs is who design and even build the software and hardware, an Apple without Jobs is equal to an Apple without magic.

Magallanes said,
It is the first time that i heard about Jonathan Ive.

IMHO :Apparently Jobs is really sick, he is running out of time, then they (Apple) decided to moved the "magic" to other persons. Right now, most people think that Jobs is who design and even build the software and hardware, an Apple without Jobs is equal to an Apple without magic.

I've heard about him he gives the really good design talks on the videos released on the website.. his unibody video on the mbp was the final thing i seen that made me switch.

Magallanes said,
It is the first time that i heard about Jonathan Ive.

IMHO :Apparently Jobs is really sick, he is running out of time, then they (Apple) decided to moved the "magic" to other persons. Right now, most people think that Jobs is who design and even build the software and hardware, an Apple without Jobs is equal to an Apple without magic.

Jonny Ive has been featured in promotional videos in just about every Apple media event for the last four years, and he is shown to be the man who designs their products. There is nothing secretive about his role, but he is an introverted man who rarely gives media interviews (from memory I can only think of one he has done, about his rise to the top of Apple).

Kuraj said,
The article was funny to read as everytime I read Ive I thought "I've"
Yeah same here.

"Jonathan I've to receive £18m from Apple shares, considering move to England" sounds like the subject line of a scam email.

So he's the one that designed all those, and here I was under the impression Steve Jobs was the magic behind Apple.... gawd what was I thinking </s>

neufuse said,
So he's the one that designed all those, and here I was under the impression Steve Jobs was the magic behind Apple.... gawd what was I thinking </s>

well, no steve jobs... no Apple
where, no Jonathan Ive, maybe the products wouldnt look so gay (not counting the iphone, it actually looks quite decent)

Ive has so much clout that this could be interesting. If he chooses to leave Apple and work at a competitor, Apple may be beaten in marketing their design, if not their design itself.

Which would be a huge problem, because design is what sets Apple apart more then anything else IMO.. Hardware wise they are hardly different from the rest, software wise they also lost most of their lead.. They sell mainly on their coolness(for some) and wannhave factor right now..

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

Infallible reasoning right there.

Kirkburn said,
What do you mean?

I believe it was sarcasm, The statement itself is contradictory, that is, if he is so valuable, then why would his position be in jeopardy because of a trivial dispute concerning a relocation. At least that's the way I understood. Perhaps I'm completely wrong.

Is this why they are called iXX because they were created by Ive so the prototype might have had a project name like IvePhone 001 and then it just spiralled from there?

A bit worrying that there seems to be a "problem" here with the shareholders if he'd move there. Family matters are rarely anything but the highest priority, above work matters. At the same time, so much of what Apple stand for in terms of design is his work. I hope they can come up with some compromise that works for both Apple and his family. Wouldn't want to see him go.