Apple: 77%+ staff say it will remain tech design leader after Jony Ive
Anonymous social network for tech industry pros, Blind, has published new data that it claims shows some concerns at the departure of Jony Ive from Apple.
There is some concern
Blind wanted to ask verified Apple employees what they really think about Ive’s departure and how it will impact the company.
The survey found that:
- 72% of Apple employees believe that Ive was Important to Apple
- Over half — 51% of Apple employees believe that Ive’s departure will result in no change.
- The rest believe that there will be an impact.
- Over three quarters (77%) of Apple employees are hopeful Apple will remain a tech design leader
- Over 90% of those who stated that Apple would have ‘positive impact’ or ‘no change’ stated the company would remain as a tech product design leader.
- 26% think Ive’s departure will have a negative impact.
- Of those who think Ive’s departure will be negative, only a third (32%) said Apple could remain a tech product design leader.
How the data was made
Blind is an anonymous social networking app for working professionals. Its users include over 56,000 employees from Microsoft, 41,000 from Amazon, 18,000 from Google and just 11,000 from Apple.
Blind ran a 24-hour survey(7/1/2019 to 7/2/2019) in an attempt to identify Apple employee sentiment around Ive’s departure.
It is important to note that at best only a few dozen Apple employees responded to this poll – just 104 people answered the first question, and as few as 62 answered question 3 – so the sample size is small, which means these results quite possibly do not reflect the opinions of the 100,000+ people who work at Apple.
It is also important to note that the people who are using the Blind app are not necessarily a representative cross section of Apple employees.
- What impact will Jony Ive’s departure have on Apple’s future? [Positive impact/ No change/ Negative impact]
- How important was Jony Ive to Apple’s success? [Important/ Neutral/ Not important]
- Can Apple continue to be a tech product design leader without Jony Ive? [Yes/ No]
What’s the significance?
I find it hard to take such a limited survey too seriously, but did feel it to be an interesting insight into how at least some at Apple see this change.
From my own perspective, I believe that the majority of current and former Apple employees remain extraordinarily loyal to the company. I also think that Ive – who, we’re told, may have planned his exit for the last few years – will have put systems in place that will grow to fill the space he leaves behind.
While the execution and management may change, I believe Apple remains on a mission to design change machines – and with this as its desiderata, I think the company will navigate this particular change.
It is also worth noting that while the loss of its CDO is a problem for Apple, it may well turn out to be a bigger problem for its competitors, who are now far less able to predict what the company does next – a particular problem for firms who try to guess Apple’s next move in order to attempt to bring something like it to market first.
Apple just rolled the dice, and most of its people seem to be choosing to stay in the game.