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Apple designer Jonathan Ive to receive knighthood today

The British designer behind the iMac, the iPhone and the iPad will be knighted at Buckingham Palace later today.

Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire

HE HAS DESIGNED some of the most-used gadgets of the past decade (and the odds are high that you may be using one of them to read this).

Jonathan Ive, the senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, is to be knighted today by Princess Anne. He will be made a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to design and enterprise at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace and will become Sir Jonathan Ive.

The 45-year-old, who was born in Essex, has worked at Apple in California since 1992 and has been in charge of design since 1997. He is widely credited with helping to shape the distinctive and minimalist look of the company’s products.

The iMac, one of the first major designs he had responsibility for, was unveiled in 1998, followed by the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is design and make; it’s what I love doing,” he told the Telegraph newspaper this week. “It’s great if you can find what you love to do. Finding it is one thing but then to be able to practice that and be preoccupied with that is another”.

Ive was already made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006.

(Jonathan Ive, left, pictured in 1999 with Jon Rubinstein of Apple beside five iMac computers at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. AP Photo/Susan Ragan/File)

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