Jony Ive: ‘Star Wars’ Lightsaber Designer

Star Wars Lightsaber

Jony Ive is famous for designing the iMac, MacBook, iPad, and iPhone, but his accomplishments don’t end there: According to a new profile in The New Yorker, Ive may have also influenced the design of the lightsabers in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

As the magazine puts it:

Ive once sat next to [director] J. J. Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York, and made what Abrams recalled as “very specific” suggestions about the design of lightsabres. Abrams told me that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn’t say how.

Later in the profile, Ive suggested he’d told Abrams that a lightsaber would be more interesting “if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty.” And lo and behold, the lightsaber on view in the new Star Wars trailer seems like a sparky, somewhat crude device. Would it be too much to refer to it as an “iLightsaber”?

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