Apple CEO Tim Cook has fired back at a recent Wall Street Journal article that reported on tensions between departing chief design officer Jony Ive and the company, calling the story “absurd” and claiming that “the conclusions just dont match with reality” in an email sent to NBC News reporter Dylan Byers.

The WSJ report alleged that Ives departure from the company had been a long time coming, claiming that Ive has been slowly drifting away from the company in recent years, leaving the design team at Apple rudderless and without leadership. A similar report was published at Bloomberg last week in the wake of Ives announcement, although Cook has yet to offer a rebuttal there.

Cooks email instead notes that the design team at Apple is “phenomenally talented” and “stronger than ever,” and that the “projects theyre working on will blow you away.” Its a rare move for Cook, who isnt usually seen communicating with reporters directly with regards to internal Apple shake-ups.

It is telling, though, that in the email to Byers, Cook doesnt name himself — the CEO of the company — as one of the leaders working with the design team on new products, something that his predecessor Steve Jobs famously did work on.

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