When word surfaced on Wednesday that Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie was leaving the company, it came with speculation that his departure was driven by friction with Jony Ive. Now sources are saying that's not the case, and instead Mr. Christie's retirement has been well planned for some time.
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The fact that Mr. Christie isn't leaving immediately helps back up the notion that friction with Jony Ive wasn't behind his retirement. Sources say he'll be around for at least a little while working on special projects, so maybe there isn't as much internal drama here as was originally suspected.