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Apple Designer Jonathan Ive is Now a Knight Commander

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Apple's senior vice president of design has been appointed Knight Commander of the British Empire.

Apple designed Jonathan Ive has been knighted by the Queen of England. Ive, who first started working with Apple 20 years ago, in 1992, is credited with the unique design of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and the iMac. The BBC reports that Ive this past weekend awarded a KBE (short for Knight Commander of the British Empire) for his services to design and enterprise. This award follows his appointment to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours. 

The BBC cites Sir Jonathan as saying the honour is "absolutely thrilling" and that he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful."

"I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making," he said. "I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design."

Ive's first interaction with Apple came when he was hired as a consultant in 1992. However, it wasn't until Steve Jobs' return to the company in the latter-half of the 90s that Ive blossomed. In 1997, he was given the position of Senior VP of Industrial Design and he has remained in the position ever since. Ive has his own lab at Apple's campus with his own team of engineers.

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    stingstang , January 4, 2012 10:06 AM
    "Hmmm... How about a ....square...with rounded edges! I've got it!"
    "Well done, sir! Prepare to be knighted!"
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    wolfej26 , January 4, 2012 8:45 AM
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    honour is "absolutely thrilling" and that he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful." described the honour as "absolutely thrilling" and said he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful".


    Just thought I would bring that to your attention.
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    wolfej26 , January 4, 2012 8:45 AM
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    honour is "absolutely thrilling" and that he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful." described the honour as "absolutely thrilling" and said he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful".


    Just thought I would bring that to your attention.
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    zybch , January 4, 2012 9:13 AM
    I think its obscene that someone who got PAID to do a job can 'earn' such an honor.
    Seriously, he's already been compensated, why give additional credit and titles to the jerk who was co-responsible for the iPhone 4 antenna gate debacle?
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2012 9:35 AM
    Hey Sir Johny don't cuddle that Dentbook too much'cause it'll bend:p 
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2012 9:42 AM
    a Knight Commander to do some technology job? I dont know about this. cool. when I first hear about the title I through maybe some kind of movie stars who works in apple to replace steven jobs.
    apple is the prophets of technology. is not a religion. steven jobs is not dead. he just upgrade himself inside a supercomputer now. is some serious shit that he is watching you inside siri through the 4G network with your iphone cam. may the signal reception with you. amen
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    joytech22 , January 4, 2012 9:53 AM
    Quote:
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    Ive, who first started working with Apple 20 years ago, in 1992, is credited with the unique design of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and the iMac.


    greghome
    I'm wondering who's credited with their unique pricing ?


    Thanks, Now I realized I'm turning 20 this year LOL! :( 

    Back on topic.. This guy has his life made. :|
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    stingstang , January 4, 2012 10:06 AM
    "Hmmm... How about a ....square...with rounded edges! I've got it!"
    "Well done, sir! Prepare to be knighted!"
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2012 12:07 PM
    Hilarious: first sentence. Did not know apple designs their own employees!
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    nebun , January 4, 2012 12:16 PM
    stingstang"Hmmm... How about a ....square...with rounded edges! I've got it!""Well done, sir! Prepare to be knighted!"

    i agree...we need more rounded edges....the edges on the laptops are a little harsh
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    sunflier , January 4, 2012 12:19 PM
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    Ive...is credited with the unique design of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and the iMac.

    Well, now we know where the "i" came from. It's sort of like his signature.
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    mrmaia , January 4, 2012 12:45 PM
    Now we know the Queen is a fangirl.
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    claydavis , January 4, 2012 12:56 PM
    It is good to have a employer like him
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    rawful , January 4, 2012 1:09 PM
    *facepalm*
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    kcorp2003 , January 4, 2012 2:04 PM
    aren't war heroes suppose to be knighted?
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    amstech , January 4, 2012 2:36 PM
    Knights 2000 years ago got knighted for creative killing.
    Now they get it for creative thinking.

    Same thing right? :) 
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    soundping , January 4, 2012 3:26 PM
    You see, Apple is a religion.
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    ahnilated , January 4, 2012 3:40 PM
    I guess that he doesn't believe in the constitution of the USA then. It states right in it that you WON'T accept any title like this.
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    srgess , January 4, 2012 3:52 PM
    the queen is a fanboy of apple or maybe she got the ipad 3 before customer.
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    lockhrt999 , January 4, 2012 4:00 PM
    Ping at tomshardware is about 1 week long.
    gee. Queen save the tom.
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    f-14 , January 4, 2012 4:14 PM
    this clown is a do nothing sycophant.
    the bob anderson who played darth vader for the light saber duels is more deserving and should over write this road apple sycophant's article.

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    Born Sept. 15, 1922, in Gosport, Hampshire, England, Anderson served with the British Royal Marines during World War II. He was on board the HMS Coventry in the Mediterranean when it was bombed, and he spent eight hours adrift before being rescued.

    Anderson, who learned to fence while in the military, became a fencing champion in England after the war and represented Britain at the 1950 and 1953 world championships, as well as the 1952 Olympics.

    Errol Flynn was already an experienced movie swordsman when Anderson coached him for "The Master of Ballantrae." The legendary actor was so impressed with Anderson that he insisted that he rejoin the production after the Olympics ended.


    notice how many people in this list are 'Sir's' that he has trained
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    Ten days before Bob Anderson headed to the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki as part of the British fencing team, he responded to a call from a British film studio in need of three fencers to coach the lead actors for sword-fighting scenes in a new pirate movie.
    The movie was "The Master of Ballantrae," starring veteran Hollywood swashbuckler Errol Flynn.
    Over the decades, Anderson was the go-to sword master for films such as "Barry Lyndon," "Highlander," "The Princess Bride," "The Three Musketeers," "First Knight," "The Mask of Zorro," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "The Lord of the Rings" films.

    Among his famous pupils were Sean Connery, David Niven, Charlton Heston, Peter O'Toole, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Mandy Patinkin, Richard Gere, Liv Tyler, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins.

    Anderson also doubled for David Prowse as Darth Vader during lightsaber duels in two "Star Wars" films — "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."

    Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said in a 1983 interview with Starlog magazine that Anderson's doubling as Vader "was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told George [Lucas] I didn't think it was fair anymore.

    "Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. It's ridiculous to preserve the myth that it's all done by one man."
    source:
    By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times

    January 4, 2012
    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-me-bob-anderson-20120104,0,4921007.story?track=rss
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    applegetsmelaid , January 4, 2012 4:16 PM
    Knight Commander - an uber-geek's dream come true.
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