You’ve read the hot takes about Jony Ive leaving Apple, now read a measured one from Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch:
If you take the sum of the breathless (dare I say thirsty) stories tying together a bunch of anecdotes about Jony’s last couple of years, they are trying to paint a picture of a legendary design figure that has abandoned the team and company he helped build, leading to a stagnation of forward progress — while at the same time trying to argue that the company is doomed without him.
Panzarino makes all the important points here. Apple of 2019 isn’t Apple of 1997. Ive’s departure has been a slow goodbye. Apple is not one person. One person can still matter. All these things can be true.