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Apple has decided not to appoint a successor to vice president of industrial design Evans Hankey upon her departure, as reported by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Instead, Apple's product design team will report to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, a significant internal rearrangement. It is said that the company has allocated more responsibility to particular product designers, yet some employees remain disgruntled. Alan Dye will continue to manage Apple's software design unit. A spokesperson for Apple confirmed Hankey's upcoming exit in an announcement to Bloomberg last October. The statement expressed appreciation for Hankey's leadership and contributions, noting that Apple's design team brings together creative minds worldwide.
After Jony Ive stepped down in 2019, Hankey assumed the position of design director and reported to Williams. The article mentions that Apple could eventually hire a new industrial design head. However, there are currently no such plans. Apple has been emphasizing utility over aesthetics since Ive's departure, as evidenced by the return of ports such as MagSafe, HDMI, an SD card reader on the MacBook Pro, and the new Siri Remote design.