Greg Christie, longtime head of Apple's Human Interface (HI) group, will reportedly be leaving Apple in the near future. That'll position Jony Ive, SVP of Design, as the man in charge of all design across Apple's hardware and software divisions. Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac:
Previous to this shakeup, all Apple software design has been led by Christie, who has reported to Craig Federighi, and Ive has been attending interface design meetings and providing instruction…
Greg Christie has been at Apple for ages, and his contributions to the creation of the iPhone are significant.
Although Gurman's report cites politics at play, Christie's departure had been announced internally weeks ago and there could also be elements of rest and recuperation involved as well. Either way, the end result should lead to increased unification between hardware and software in final products, which we can all agree is one of Apple’s strong suits.
Update: Apple has confirmed Christie's leaving.