The Jony Ive top five

It should not be forgotten how much power is inside the box too, with its quad-core processor, AMD graphics and Thunderbolt capability.

Over the last decade and a half , Ive has made the iMac one of the most impressive desktops available today.

That Ive has made a significant mark on the mobile world is also undeniable.

Then there's the MacBook range, which includes some of the most aesthetically delightful laptops ever created in the form of the Air lineup.

That Ive has made a major impact on the life of the PC is indisputable.

4. The iPod, the iPhone and the iPad

Yet, his most successful designs have been more mobile-orientated.

The iPod is far and away the top selling MP3 player ever made and has morphed from the click-wheel beauties of old

into the slick Touch devices we use today.

The iPhone is wildly popular too. It hasn't seen as much of a design shift as the iPod, but Ive has kept the robust yet charming feel in each incarnation of the phone that "changed everything."

The iPad is Ive's most exciting product to date. Having made it a two-sided beast in the iPad 2, replacing the structural wall around the hardware with curved surfaces, it will be fascinating to see what Sir Jonathan moulds the world's number one tablet into when the iPad 3 emerges.

That Ive has made a significant mark on the mobile world is also undeniable.

5. He's a design genius

It's clear Ive is a design whizz. Yet it isn't just consumers and tech publications like ourselves who marvel at his work.

Aside from the knighthood, Ive has received numerous accolades for his hard work (he reportedly does 70 hour weeks). In 2003, he was handed the Design Museum's Designer of the Year Award and in 2007 he got a National Design Award for the iPhone.

Ive was awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts too.

In 2006, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) before becoming a knight at the start of this year.

IT Pro couldn't think of anyone more deserving in the tech community.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

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