Jony Ive was reportedly 'dispirited' by Tim Cook

Tim Cook (left) and Jonathan Ive (right).
(Image credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Jony Ive is leaving as Apple's chief design officer after years of growing "distant" from the company's leadership and feeling "dispirited" by CEO Tim Cook, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Though Ive's departure was just recently announced, it was a long time coming, according to this report. It seemed as far back as 2017 that Ive was "gone but reluctant to hand over the reins," a source said, with the report also saying that Ive was "frustrated inside a more operations-focused company led by Chief Executive Tim Cook."

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