Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice-President of Industrial Design who was knighted in the New Year Honours list, is said to be critical of the design of the ceremonial sword that will be used by the Queen to confer the honour on him.
Ive was awarded the CBE IN 2005 and it’s believed his views on that medal’s shape and form inspired a whole new approach to his designs for the iPhone and MacBook Air.
‘Sir Jonathan thinks the sword has too many frills and the blade should have much cleaner lines’, an Apple insider said. ‘He believes that, held in the wrong way, the strength of the signal it gives out is reduced. And as for the investiture stool, he has some ideas for that as well, based on brushed aluminium and subtle but really cool LED lighting.
Now, the insider hinted, Ive will be seeking to bring Knighthooding up to the cutting edge when he presents his new designs to Her Majesty, along with a little note suggesting that, under the circumstances, an elevation to the Order of the Garter may be appropriate.