By Jennigay Coetzer

Did you know that Steve Jobs did not invent the latest and greatest Apple products? It was British born Jonathan (Jony) Ive, who is to be knighted by the Queen.

Among other things, Ive is credited with designing the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, and was the lead designer behind various MacBook versions including the MacBook Air. He is currently senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, a position he attained after Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997.

Ive was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the UK New Year Honours and will in future bear the title of Sir Jonathan Ive.

The honour is being bestowed on him in recognition for raising design standards in consumer, industrial and professional goods and for his championing of British design.

Ive was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours for services to the design industry.

In another new year story, a 29 year old prototype of a fixed line phone/tablet device that was developed in 1983 has been unearthed from Appleā€™s archives.

The prototype was designed by German born Hartmut Esslinger, who is also credited with designing the early Apple IIc computer, which was launched in 1988.

Jennigay Coetzer is a freelance business and technology writer, and she runs media training and article writing skills courses. She is also the author of A Perfect Press Release – or Not? – a guide to writing press releases and other articles, which can be downloaded free from her website.

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