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Former Apple design chief Jony Ive remembered Steve Jobs, recounting his relationship with the late Apple co-founder and saying she still thinks of him every day.
Jobs died at age 56 on October 5, 2011. Shortly thereafter, Apple chief designer Jony Ive held a eulogy for Jobs describing him as “his closest and most loyal friend.” In a piece in Wall Street Journal on Monday Ive noticed that he hasn’t spoken much publicly about his relationship with Jobs since.
“My memories of that brutal, heartbreaking day 10 years ago are scattered and random. I can’t remember driving to his house,” Ive wrote. “I remember the foggy October sky and oversized shoes. I remember Tim and I sitting quietly together in the garden afterwards.”
Although he has “barely thought about Steve’s death” since then, Ive said he thinks about Jobs every day. “We worked together for almost 15 years. We had lunch together most days, and we spent the afternoons in the sanctuary of the design studio. Those were some of the happiest, most creative and happiest times of my life,” Ive wrote. “I liked how he saw the world. The way he thought it was extremely beautiful.”
Ive said that for Jobs, the desire to learn is “far more important” than the desire to be right. In this way, he wrote, the two were united by curiosity, which was the basis for their “joyful and productive collaboration.”
The former head of Apple’s design also noted that he remained close with Jobs ’wife Laurene. “We talk all the time, often about Steve, but rarely about my business with him,” he said.
“When her brilliant and curious children ask me about their father, I just can’t help myself,” Ive wrote. “I can talk happily for hours describing the remarkable man I loved so deeply.”
Ive also made a comparison between Jobs who left Apple in the 1980s and founded NeXT, and his own decision to leave Apple after 30 years.
“After almost 30 years, I left Apple, driven by my curiosity to learn and discover new ways I can make a useful contribution. Steve’s strong motivation led to the name of my next adventure, LoveFrom,” he wrote.
Ive also remembers the last time he spoke to Jobs before his death in 2011.
“Steve’s last words to me were that he would miss the conversation together. I was sitting on the floor next to his bed, my back against the wall,” he wrote.
“After he died, I went out into the garden. I remember the sound of the latch on the wooden door as I closed it slightly. I sat in the garden and thought that conversation often interfered with listening and thinking.” Maybe that’s why we spent so much time together quietly. I desperately miss Steve and I will always miss not talking to him. “
Ive came in Wall Street Journal it is a touching memory of the late Apple co-founder. Worth reading.
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