With iOS 7 a little over a week away, it's worth taking stock of the fact that this is Jonathan Ive's first WWDC as Apple's Head of Human Interface (HI). But what does it mean for an industrial designer—someone who works with atoms in three dimensions—to be put in charge of a team that works with electrons in two dimensions?
At this point, no one outside of Apple knows exactly what changes are coming our way. If Tim Cook's recent comments are any indication, though, Ive's effect on the look and feel of iPhone and iPad software has been both immediate and profound. Whatever the changes, getting to them must have been an extraordinary challenge.