Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

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Penguin, Nov 14, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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“An adulating biography of Apple’s left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology.” —Kirkus Reviews

In 1997, Steve Jobs discovered a scruffy British designer toiling away at Apple’s headquarters, surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes. Jony Ive’s collaboration with Jobs would produce some of the world’s most iconic technology products, including the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Ive’s work helped reverse Apple’s long decline, overturned entire industries, and created a huge global fan base. Yet little is known about the shy, soft-spoken whiz whom Jobs referred to as his “spiritual partner.”

Leander Kahney offers a detailed portrait of the English art school student with dyslexia who became the most acclaimed tech designer of his generation. Drawing on interviews with Ive’s former colleagues and Apple insiders, Kahney “takes us inside the creation of these memorable objects.” (The Wall Street Journal)


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User Review  - Beth3511 - LibraryThing

Partly a biography of Ive, but in large part, about design at Apple. I won't look at Apple products (or other phones, tablets, computers, or operating systems) in the same way ever again. I also ... Read full review

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User Review  - rlangston - LibraryThing

More detail on some of the later Apple products which is perhaps to be expected. Not bad for a journalist written book, although it does suffer from the over enthusiastic attribution of facts. Read full review


Chapter3 Life in London
Chapter4 Early Days at Apple
Chapter5 Jobs Returns to Apple
The iPad
Chapter6 A Stringof Hits
Chapter 10
Chapter 12
Chapter 11

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Leander Kahney, the bestselling author of Inside Steve’s Brain and Cult of Mac, has covered Apple for more than a dozen years. He is the former news editor of, and now the editor of He lives in San Francisco.

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