Creator of iPhone 'slide to unlock' feature to leave Apple

Greg Christie is retiring after 18 years at Apple, according to the Wall Street Journal

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Creator of iPhone 'slide to unlock' feature to leave Apple Christie is listed as an inventor on nearly 100 Apple patents including the 'slide to unlock' function.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  April 10, 2014

Apple Inc's Greg Christie, who helped develop many of the functions on the iPhone including the "Slide to unlock" feature is leaving the company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The report comes from an internal email which states that Christie is retiring and his group will now report to Apple's senior vice president of design, Jonathan Ive who is set to expand his role.

Christie, who has been working for Apple for 18 years and led the company's "human interface" team, is one of its most senior software designers and played a key role in designing the software for the iPhone.

"Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple," said a company spokesman. "He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class human interface team which has worked closely with [Jonathan] for many years."

Christie joined Apple in 1996 to work on the Newton, the company's personal digital assistant that had a touch screen and a stylus. He also worked extensively on the Mac's operating system before being roped into the early development team for the iPhone.

Christie is listed as an inventor on nearly 100 Apple patents and has 31 more applications pending with the patent office, the Wall Street Journal said.

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