Apple vice-president of industrial design Jonathan Ive has been honoured with a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. This makes the Londoner behind Apple's iconic iPod and iMac a Commander of the British Empire.

Ive started working for Apple in 1992 and came to prominence in 1998 when, after the return of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the Bondi Blue bubble-shaped iMac was unveiled.

In a statement Apple said of the news: "We are as proud as could be that Jonny is receiving such a prestigous commendation."

Ive studied industrial design at Newcastle Polytechnic. After graduating, he worked at design studio Tangerine, which he left when one of its clients, Apple, offered him a job in Cupertino, California. He has since won a slew of design awards for Apple products such as the Power Mac G4, Cube and PowerBook.

The motto of the Order of the British Empire is “For God and the Empire”. The order was instituted by George V in 1917 to recognise all levels of service to the country during the First World War. It has evolved to embrace service and achievement in all fields. The Order has a military division and a civil division. The chapel of the order is in St Paul’s Cathedral.