San Francisco, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — The man behind the iconic designs of the iPhone, iMac and iPad is leaving Apple.
Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is departing after more than two decades at Apple to start his own design firm, the company said Thursday.
But he's not completely severing ties with the company he has worked at for nearly 30 years. Apple said it will be one of Ive's clients at his new firm.
The Cupertino, California, company did not give an exact date for his departure.
Ive has been a fixture on Apple's design team since the early 1990s and is known for shaping Apple's signature rounded, stylish designs.
He is often pointed to as the visionary behind what set Apple apart from its competitors — technology that didn't just look like boxes of wires, but that was fashionable and trendy.
Ive joined the company in 1992 as a young senior designer. Apple's co-founder and longtime leader Steve Jobs was in the midst of his 12-year exile at the time, and upon his return he named Ive senior vice president of industrial design.
The pair were known to work closely together in the decades before Jobs' death in 2011 — once, Jobs referred to Ive as his "spiritual partner."
Walter Isaacson, who wrote the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," quotes the Jobs describing Ive as "wickedly intelligent in all ways."
"He gets the big picture as well as the most infinitesimal details about each product. And he understands that Apple is a product company. He is not just a designer," Jobs told Isaacson. "He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me."
The name for Ive's new design company, LoveFrom, comes from something Jobs once said to him, Ive told the Financial Times in an interview published Thursday.
Jobs said making something with "love and care" was a fundamental component and doing so meant you were "expressing your gratitude to humanity, to the species."
"I so identified with that motivation and was moved by his description," Ive said.
Ive, Isaacson wrote, is a fan of the German industrial designer Dieter Rams, who "preached the gospel of 'less but better.'" Apple's designs, led by Ive, have become synonymous with elegant simplicity.
"Simplicity isn't just a visual style," Ive told Isaacson. "It's not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep."
Ive was eventually promoted to his head of design role, where he shaped the simplistic and people-friendly phones and computers for which Apple has become known. Ive had a say in it all, from the bright, rounded iMacs of the 1990s to the sleek, silver and black iPhones of today.
In more recent years, Ive put part of his focus into designing the company's giant spaceship-like campus, Apple Park.
Ive, who grew up outside London, was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2012. He studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in Newcastle, England, and founded his own design company called Tangerine — work that would lead him to Apple.
He won't be immediately replaced. Two of his deputies will report directly to the company's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, who has led the development of the Apple Watch.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - Huawei has confirmed that it will be launching its first foldable smartphone Huawei Mate X in September. The smartphone was showcased in February at the MWC 2019 and it was originally scheduled to launch in the month of June, reports The Indian Express.
The company extended the launch date to make some changes to the screen of the Huawei Mate X after Samsung faced some trouble with its foldable screen.
Speaking to TechRadar, Vincent Pang, the President of Huawei’s Western Europe Region said, “The company has used the last few months to improve the P-OLED screen on the device to prevent it from getting caught up with the same problems that Samsung had with its foldable smartphone.”
Pang also confirmed the upcoming launch of the Huawei Mate X. He said that the phone is coming in September while asserting that it may come earlier. Notably, Mate X has passed the 3C certification in China under model number TAH-AN00.
Pang told that the device will be coming to every country that has 5G. But there might be some exception to this comment as the company is banned in the US. However, despite the ban, Pang assured that the Mate X will run Android and its apps.
Huawei Mate X measures 8-inches when it is unfolded. The device folds outwards to have a dual screen. The front screen measures 6.6-inches, whereas the back screen measures 4.6-inch. The camera array lies adjacent to the back screen when folded.
Huawei Mate X is powered by Huawei’s own 1.8GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. The phone is backed by a 4,500mAh battery and it supports fast charging as well. The Mate X runs on Android 9 Pie.
Shenzhen, Jun 17 (AP/UNB) — Huawei's founder said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant's revenue will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years, as he compared the company to a "badly damaged plane" in the face of U.S. government actions against it.
"We never thought that the U.S.'s determination to attack Huawei would be so strong, so firm," Ren Zhengfei, who is also the CEO, said during a panel discussion at company headquarters in Shenzhen.
Ren said Huawei will reduce capacity and expects revenues of about $100 billion annually for the next two years, compared to $105 billion in 2018. In February, he said the company was targeting $125 billion in 2019.
Huawei's overseas cellphone sales will drop by 40%, Ren said, confirming a Bloomberg report published Sunday. But the Chinese market is growing rapidly, and Huawei will not allow restrictive measures to curb its research and development, he added.
Huawei is embroiled in an ongoing trade dispute between China and the U.S., which has accused Chinese companies such as Huawei of committing forced technology transfers and stealing trade secrets. Last month, the U.S. placed Huawei on its "Entity List," which effectively bars American companies from selling components to Huawei without government approval.
In December, Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou — Ren's daughter — was arrested in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities. The U.S. alleges that Meng misled American banks about the company's business dealings with Iran, and that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.
The U.S. also claims Huawei, a leader in next-generation 5G cellphone networks, is a threat to global cybersecurity because it must obey China's ruling Communist Party. While Ren denies that Huawei would share user data with the Chinese government if ordered to do so, Washington has been trying to convince its allies to exclude Huawei from their upcoming 5G rollout.
In response, Huawei brought a lawsuit in the U.S. this March challenging the constitutionality of a national security law which prevents the U.S. government and its contractors from using Huawei equipment. The complaint, filed in Plano, Texas, where Huawei's American operations are headquartered, alleges that the law singles out Huawei for punishment while denying the company due process.
Ren said Monday that there are no backdoors in its equipment that anyone could access, and that Huawei is willing to enter into a no backdoor agreement with any nation that wants one.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Huawei is asking Verizon to pay licensing fees for more than 200 of its patents. Ren said during the panel discussion that Huawei will not use its many patents as a "weapon," but did not rule out seeking royalties for usage.
He emphasized that Huawei will not stop collaborating with other countries and businesses.
The company's current situation "is not caused by American businesses, but rather by certain politicians' different perspectives," Ren said. "I think both sides will suffer. No one will win."
Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNB)- Huawei and its partner TianJin 712 Communication & Broadcasting Co Ltd (TCB 712) jointly released the LTE-Railway (LTE-R) Solution for next-generation wireless rail communications.
The LTE-Railway (LTE-R) Solution has been already implemented in China, which ensure high-speed, reliable and intelligent communications for safety and efficiency of passengers.
Huawei released the solution at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019 in Stockholm of Sweden on Monday.
The rapid development of high-speed rail has made it a fast, safe, and comfortable mode of transport for many people. The cornerstone of a safe and reliable rail operation is ensuring information synergy between passengers, trains and infrastructure and with the development of autonomous driving, intelligent trains and smart stations this demands higher-speed and more intelligent wireless communications technologies.
The LTE-R Solution was developed to address these needs and enable fully connected railways.
During the launch of LTE-R Solution Eman Liu, President of the Global Transportation Business Unit of Huawei Enterprise Business Group highlighted Huawei’s deep expertise in the rail sector – with over 20 years of experience in rail industry communications, serving over 120,000 kilometers of railways, and more than 100 urban tracks in the world. At the same time, Huawei remains committed to continuously investing and innovating in wireless communications private network technology for the rail industry to meet rail customers’ evolving needs.
The LTE-R Solution released at the summit delivers safe, high-speed, and intelligent wireless voice and data communications inside trains, from train to ground and from train to train. The network facilitates the digital transformation of rail customers to help them thrive in the future.
Zheng Caishun, General Manager of R&D of Mobile Communications Business Unit of TCB 712 said, `The company has been committed to the development of the rail industry since its establishment in 1960. TCB 712 has cooperated with Huawei in developing GSM-R Solution and the LTE-R Solution for next-generation rail wireless communications since 2010.
The two companies have overcome many challenges to successfully develop the solution which has been fully verified by customer in South Africa demonstrating how it delivers a safe and reliable experience for passengers.’
Dhaka, June 3 (UNB)-Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd recently distributed relief among the destitute people of Singra upazila in Natore as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division, Zunaid Ahmed Palak and high officials of Huawei were present at the campaign.
This year, Huawei distributed cloths (Sharee) among the underprivileged women of Singra upazila.
During the campaign, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, thanked Huawei for organising such programme.
“Huawei is helping the poor people of remote villages of Singra in Natore. I always appreciate such kind of activity. Other companies should also work for the welfare of the poor community of Bangladesh.”, he said.
Huawei is one of the world’s leading ICT solutions providers which work constructively with telecom and enterprise networks, consumer and cloud computing, aiming to provide top notch customer-centric services.
Besides, digital services, the company also operate various CSR activities in the country.