Steve Jobs’ top design officer fondly remembered his ‘best friend and creative partner’ as someone who was ‘not distracted by money or power’ nearly 10 years to the day that the late Apple co-founder died of pancreatic cancer.
He also helped design Apple's massive circular campus, Apple Park, in Cupertino, California.
Ive publicly addresses Jobs’ death for the first time on Monday, writing in The Wall Street Journal: 'I can talk happily for hours describing the remarkable man I loved so deeply.'
He poignantly recalls the last moments he spent with Jobs.
'Steve's last words to me were that he would miss talking together,' Ive writes.
Sir Jony Ive, the English-American industrial designer, was Apple’s chief design officer who helped create the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He is picture above in San Francisco in October 2018
Ive fondly remembered his ‘best friend and creative partner’ Steve Jobs as someone who was ‘not distracted by money or power’ nearly 10 years to the day that the late Apple co-founder died of pancreatic cancer. Jobs and Ive are seen above in 2005
In the summer of 2019, Ive departed Apple after nearly 30 years at the company. At the time, it was reported that he grew disillusioned with the leadership of CEO Tim Cook (seen above in September 2020). Cook has denied the claim
'I was sitting on the floor next to his bed, my back against the wall.
'After he died, I walked out into the garden. I remember the sound of the latch on the wooden door as I gently pulled it closed.'
Ive recalls: 'In the garden, I sat and thought how talking often gets in the way of listening and thinking.
'Perhaps that is why so much of our time together was spent quietly.
'I miss Steve desperately and I will always miss not talking with him.'
He called the 15 years he spent working alongside Jobs as ‘some of the happiest, most creative and joyful times of my life.’
'He was without doubt the most inquisitive human I have ever met,' Ive writes in the Journal.
'His insatiable curiosity was not limited or distracted by his knowledge or expertise, nor was it casual or passive.
'It was ferocious, energetic and restless. His curiosity was practiced with intention and rigor.'
Ive writes that he remains close with Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs. From left: Ive, Powell Jobs, and Edward Enninful in London in June 2018
Ive says Jobs’ relentless drive to create Apple products was an expression of his ‘love and appreciation for our species.’
‘He truly believed that by making something useful, empowering and beautiful, we express our love for humanity,’ according to Ives.
Ive writes that he remains close to Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.
'Our families have been close for nearly 30 years,' Ive writes.
'We have endured deaths and celebrated births. We talk all the time, often about Steve but rarely about my work with him.'
He adds: 'When her brilliant and inquisitive children ask me about their dad I just cannot help myself.
'I can talk happily for hours describing the remarkable man I loved so deeply.'
In the summer of 2019, Ive departed Apple after nearly 30 years at the company.
At the time, it was reported that he grew disillusioned with the leadership of CEO Tim Cook.
Cook has denied the claim.
Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 on October 5, 2011.
During his time at Apple, Ive helped design the iMac, iPod,