When Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 he and Sir Jonathan worked closely together on reviving Apple’s fortunes, with Jobs’ office connected to Sir Jonathan’s design lab by a corridor.
Five facts about Sir Jonathan Ive
Born in Chingford, London, his father was a silversmith who lectured at Middlesex Polytechnic. His father's Christmas gift to him would be a day in the college workshop "helping me make whatever I dreamed up".
Earlier in his career, Sir Jonathan was involved in less glamorous design projects - including designs for a sink, toilet and bath.
He is in part responsible for the design of the new lightsabres in the latest Star Wars film, 'The Force Awakens' after suggesting to director JJ Abrams they should be "more analog and more primitive".
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple, Sir Jonathan had his resignation letter in his pocket, expecting to be replaced. As it turned out, the pair hit it off (though Jobs had previosuly been looking at hiring a new designer).
Sir Jonathan is also co-designing Apple's new "spaceship campus" - a $5bn project in Cupertino, California - alongside architects Foster + Partners.
Under the promotion Sir Jonathan’s day-to-day managerial responsibilities have been passed on to two new vice-presidents, Richard Howarth and Alan Dye.
This means Sir Jonathan can focus “entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives”.