From a summary of a lengthy (16K+ word) Jony Ive profile in The New Yorker; also see What an epic profile says about the Apple Watch, Jony Ive, and his design notes for new lightsabers (VentureBeat)
"The New Yorker has published an extensive report on Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design. Many newspapers have written up articles on Ive in recent years, but this latest account by Ian Parker is by far the most detailed and (arguably) the most interesting, revealing new anecdotes and tidbits on Apple’s latest products in the process.The New Yorker profiles Jony Ive: details post-Jobs Apple, iPhone 6, Apple Watch and more | 9to5Mac
The story tracks how Jony arrived at Apple back in the late 90’s, how his relationship with Jobs developed over that period and how he is adapting to ‘leading’ design in post-Jobs Apple. The piece includes some new details about how the Watch project and the newest iPhones formed, as well as incorporating quotes from Tim Cook, Bob Mansfield and others."