While I don't think this will have an immediate impact for Apple it just signals a continued changing of the guards at Apple and not for the better. When Steve Jobs died I had no doubt that Apple's best days were behind it but it would take time to see that come to light. Eight years later and it's becoming pretty evident on the impact he had over the company he co-founded. Slowly but surely Apple has reverted back to it's Sculley days and has introduced at times a confusing lineup vs what Steve Jobs knew would work which was to simplify the lineup. Apple really hasn't offered any MUST-HAVE products since he left the scene and have just milked many of his current offerings. Hate to say it but the Apple Watch is not a must have product. Jony and Steve were tied to the hip even if at times they butt heads on ideas. But most of Apple's winning designs whether it was the iPod, iPhone, iPad or the first iMac were directed by Steve until it met his approval. Over the years Jony has pushed the limits of his designs to the detriment in the reliability of the product resulting in expensive repairs for the consumer until Apple was pressured to provide a fix. Some might say but he's not really leaving Apple as they will become his major client. Well on the flipside now he can even go to more extremes in his designs without really having to answer as an employee. It will also take away leverage from Apple if they don't want to lose Jony's designs. Because he will be in high demand from companies other than Apple and you can be sure the biggest Chinese tech companies already have his number at the very top of the list on speed-dial.