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Apple Denies Rumours of Rift Between Senior Managers

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Apple has denied reports of a rift at the top of the company following the resignation of a senior company executive.

Greg Christie, vice president of human interface who created the iPhone's slide-lock mechanism resigned from the company sparking rumours that he had a falling out with Apple's design chief, Sir Jony Ive.

An internal email sent to Apple staff said that the software engineers and designers who reported to Christie will now report to Ive, who is Apple's senior vice president of design.

Christie's role is not being replaced, which added fuel to the rumours that Ive is building up an empire within the company now that he is able to come out of the dominant shadow cast over design by the late Steve Jobs.

Apple denied the reports saying that: "Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple. He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class human interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years."

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