Apple reportedly brought in former HTC design chief Scott Croyle last year to oversee the design of devices. Croyle was hired as a director at Apple in April 2020, as noted on , but his exact role was somewhat of a mystery until now.
Design firm Ammunition is continuing to work on Beats products but Croyle is now a point person between the studio and Beats, according to . New Beats products are said to be in the works, and the team has reportedly been studying audio products from other brands. Engadget has contacted Apple for comment.
Although Beats has released over the last few years, the design of the over-ear headphones hadn’t changed much until 2019’s . Having a respected designer at the helm could lead to more distinct or innovative Beats devices in the near future.
Croyle worked on Android products for over a decade before moving to Apple. He oversaw devices like the M7 and M8 before to Nextbit, where he worked on the cloud-focused smartphone. Several months after , Croyle departed for a studio called , where he stayed for almost three years before joining Apple.
Along with Croyle’s reported appointment as Beats design director, Apple has shaken up other aspects of the audio brand’s leadership over the last year or so. Former Beats president Luke Wood from the position around the time Apple hired Croyle. Apple Music chief Oliver Schusser took over the division.
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