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

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.

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 California. He has since won a slew of design awards for Apple products such as the Power Mac G4, Cube and PowerBook.

The Queen was revealed as being an iPod owner in June last year. The 79-year-old is the proud owner of a £169 silver iPod.

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.