Design Chief Jonathan Ive Not Leaving Apple

Apple's head product designer Jonathan Ive won't be leaving Apple to return to the UK as had been rumoured, according to a report.

An in depth piece on Apple's design chief by The Daily Mail puts an end to the long-circulating speculation about Ive's impending departure from Apple.

The designer has no plans of leaving Apple any time soon, and is even thinking of selling his Somerset mansion in the UK, according to a close friend.

An earlier article from The Times had suggested that Ive was having problems in shuttling back and forth from his office in San Francisco to his home in Somerset where his family lived. He would prefer his children to be schooled in the UK and was therefore planning to move back even if it meant upsetting the apple cart, so the story went.

The Daily Mail also poured cold water on rumours suggesting that Ive was being groomed to replace Apple CEO Steve Jobs when he retires.

“It is hard to know what is the greater intrigue: recent conjecture that [Ive] is preparing to walk away from Apple to relocate to his beautiful Grade-II-listed mansion in Somerset so his children can be educated in the U.K. (false – he is not, and the property is now standing empty); that he will step out of the shadows and assume Steve Jobs' role when the great man stands down (highly doubtful),” the paper said.