Apple?s Key iPhone Engineer is Leaving Soon

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Greg Christie is leaving Apple soon. He is the vice president and an engineer with a major contribution in the development of the original iPhone?s software. His departure creates a huge blow to the company. Christie also headed up the Human Interface team of the company that develops elegant and easy ? to ? use software. Two of their masterpieces were iPhone?s ?Slide to Unlock? feature, as well as the ability to call from the contact list.

Internal Conflict


Christie?s departure was reported to be due to ruffling with Apple?s head of software and industrial design Jonathan Ive. According to 9to5Mac, it started after a major organizational shake ? up. Before holding the position in 2012, Ive was only the head of industrial design. Things changed when former iOS chief Scott Forstall was ousted.

The most recent reorganization included Ive heading all of Apple?s software designers, instead of? Craig Federighi, the SVP for software engineering. Christie reported to Federighi, according to 9to5Mac. The report also said that the conflict between Christie and Ive stemmed from their contradicting visions as to how the iOS 7 would look.

Sources close to Apple disputed this report, saying that their relationship was fine.

A Shake ? Up Amidst a Legal Battle

The conflict happened amidst the major legal battle between the company and Samsung over alleged infringement of patent from both sides. The issue started two years ago, but the latest installment focuses on seven patents. The Korean tech company claims that Apple ripped ? off two patents. This includes the feature that speeds up the process of data transmission and could post implications on Apple?s FaceTime. The Mac maker claims that Samsung infringed five patents, which includes Christie?s famous ?Slide to Unlock? feature.

Christie played a major role in Apple?s defense, emphasizing how innovative the iPhone was during its launch in 2007. The tech company that remained tight ? lipped about its plans even made Christie available for interviews with NPR and The Wall Street Journal before the trial started. Christie said last week on the stand that Apple argued that most of its innovation came from the device?s ease ? of ? use for people with ?better things to do? than learning to use a computer.

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