‘Jony Ive to Form Independent Design Company With Apple as Client’

Apple PR:

Apple today announced that Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, will depart the company as an employee later this year to form an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients. While he pursues personal projects, Ive in his new company will continue to work closely and on a range of projects with Apple.

Massive shakeup for Apple here.

They have to have him on an exclusive deal for hardware design, right?