Arise, Sir Jony; I've dubbed KBE, says Queen

Jony Ive
Jonathan 'Jony' Ive is now a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE). The award was announced in The Queen's new year's honours list. The British-born Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) design honcho is now Sir Jony. In the first IT Blogwatch of 2012, bloggers ponder Her Majesty's motives.

Your humble blogwatcher (@richi ) curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Happier New Year...

    Aunty Beeb reports, after extensive research on Wikipedia:

Raised in Chingford, Mr Ive began working for Apple in 1992. ... [He's] been lauded for the tight fit between form and function seen in Apple gadgets. ... Born in February 1967, Mr Ive inherited a love of making things from his father, a silversmith.

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From the age of 14, he said, he knew he was interested in drawing and making "stuff" and this led him to Northumbria Polytechnic...where he studied industrial design.

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[Steve] Jobs described Mr Ive as his "spiritual partner" in the recent biography...by Walter Isaacson. ... His KBE was announced on the diplomatic and overseas list.   
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    Iain Thomson adds perspective:

Ive said he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful. ... I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making."

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In days of yore a prospective knight would have to undergo fasting, purification and prayer...but these days Ive will merely need to be tapped on the shoulders by the Queen wielding a sword.

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Ive remains with Apple for the moment...but there are persistent rumors that he is keen to make a return to the land of his birth.   
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David Heath's forever blowing bubbles:

One of his earliest achievements was the set of five "bubble gum" coloured iMacs. ... [Ive] moved on to the slew of portable products for which Apple is now famous. ... As much as Jobs was responsible for the over-all vision...it fell to Ive to actually "produce the goods."

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In late 2005, the [London] Sunday Times named Ive as one of Britain's most influential expatriates...[and] was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours list.   
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Josh Ong notes Ive's other gongs: [You're fired -Ed.]

Ive has received numerous industry awards for his work as a designer, including...smartest designer in tech by Forbes...Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London...Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts.   
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But Nick Farrell ain't at all happy:

While most KBE's earn the title by bringing huge amounts of cash to Britain...[this] must be the first time that anyone has been knighted for making an American look good and making him bundles of cash.

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Bill Gates [also has] an honorary knighthood, but since [the USA] was involved in a French backed terrorist campaign against the [UK] he can't call himself Sir.

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To put [it] in perspective, it is the same honour that Bob Geldof got for...sav[ing] thousands of Ethiopian lives. Tim Berners-Lee invented a little something called the [Web] and got the same honour.   
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   And Finally...
Happier New Year

  
 
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