December 31, 2011, 2:08 PM — A full day before 2012 is even due to start comes the first story of the year with the classic earmarks of one that will spark another mini-fire-fight in the ongoing flamewar between Apple Fanboi and anti-Fanboi forces: Jonathan Ive, senior vice president, industrial design at Apple, has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) in honor of his accomplishments for Apple.
The story, though meaningless in technological or computer-industry terms, is a clear indication of approval of Apple's design approach, independence and iconic coolness – characteristics in which fanbois revel and cause anti-fanbois to froth at the mouth.
The intensity of that rivalry seems to have been fading as the impact and status of Apple in legitimate IT infrastructures grows and the entire mobile-computing industry plods along design paths broken by Apple, primarily by Ive and Steve Jobs himself.
The London-born Ive, who goes by the name Jony and should use the title "Sir Jonathan," will be permitted to use the title "Sir Jony," is number 1029 of the 1,290 who made the Queen's New Year Honours List of those given a variety of awards for accomplishments ranging from those of the ex-gang member turned anti-gang youth worker, to an icon of British tweed weaving to those of great artistic accomplishment , excellence in sports to those who do political favors for the leading members of the British government.
The 44-year-old Ive has worked at Apple since 1992, becoming Steve Jobs' favorite design guru and leading design projects for the iPod, iPhone, iPad and MacBooks.
The KBE is the second honor for Ive, who was given the lower-level Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005.