Matthew Panzarino’s version—posted on TechCrunch—rings a lot truer than Tripp Mickle‘s in the WSJ.
From Apple Sans Ive:
The argument that Jony derailed product at Apple looks like complete nonsense when you observe the facts. And every design team member I’ve spoken to over the last four years has said that Jony, while at times difficult, demanding and intense, has also been an enormous enabling force when it comes to spending the time, resources and energy it took them to get a product or feature to the level they wanted. Resources like on-the-ground materials consultation in China, collaborations with artists around the world, research into the effects of a design — the willingness to “do the most” in search of a solution. None of that went away.
That said, if Jony doesn’t like managing, guess what Jony is not going to be enthusiastic about? As Shel Silverstein put it: “If you have to dry the dishes, and you drop one on the floor, maybe they won’t make you dry dishes any more.”
My take: TechCrunch pointer thanks to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, who “agrees with the whole thing, top to bottom.”