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Apple Inc.’s longest-serving chief industrial designer has left the company, nearly completely replacing the team once led by Jony Ive. Bart Andre, who joined Apple with Ive in 1992, told his colleagues this month that he was retiring, according to people familiar with the matter. Andre is one of the last remaining designers from the Ive era and helped create the aesthetic of Apple products released over the past 30 years, even before Steve Jobs returned to the role as CEO in the late 1990s.

The designer was known as one of Ive’s top lieutenants and helped run the team following the departure of Ive’s successor, former chief executive Evans Hankey, last year. He is also known as one of the largest holders of Apple patents.

“His imprint on Apple products is indelible. I see his details every day,” said Christopher Stringer, who worked with Andre at Apple and now runs sound company Syng.

The group’s departure is the latest in recent months. Top designers Colin Burns, Shota Aoyagi and Peter Russell-Clarke all left towards the end of last year. Longtime designers on Apple’s software design team have also signaled that they plan to leave in the near future.

The Industrial Design and User Interface groups are both overseen by Jeff Williams, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He has been in the role since Ive left in 2019, but took over direct management of the industrial design team last year following Hankey’s departure.

Some employees have been moved down the ranks as operations staff have come to oversee departments dedicated to design and innovation, according to people familiar with the situation. They said there were also cost-cutting measures that added to anxiety. Under Ive, the team took on exploratory projects that didn’t necessarily have immediate rewards.

Cupertino, California-based Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Ive’s core design team has been around 24 people for over 10 years. By the time I left in 2019, the exodus had begun. Almost all of the senior designers who reported directly to Ive have now left. Many of them joined LoveFrom, a design firm founded by Ive, who worked with Apple until two years ago.

The industrial design team has been filled with new outside talent, but few of the longtime members who worked under Ive and helped create hit products like the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch remain. Richard Howarth, who served as vice president of design, is a successor to the Ive era, along with Molly Anderson and Duncan Kerr.

Since Hankey’s departure, the most senior designers have worked with Williams to lead the team’s day-to-day operations. An Operations Director was elected to manage the group, in part to enable better collaboration with the manufacturing team. There was also a lack of other viable options to replace Hankey.

Apple’s design team is tasked with inventing the look and feel of devices and software and developing new features and interfaces. This includes details such as ringtones and notifications on your iPhone.

This group was central to creating the company’s last two product categories: Apple Watch and Vision Pro. The watch’s design was led by Ive, who also helped create the iMac, iPod, and iPhone. Vision Pro began development during his tenure, but left several years before its release.

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