'The Force Awakens' Lightsaber Boasts Apple-Designed Blade

February 17, 2015


Should lightsabers ever somehow become reality, now you can expect them to be even more prohibitively expensive: they now boast an Apple-redesigned blade to separate them from the plebeian lightsabers you may recall a droid released some years back.

Well, not exactly re-designed by Apple, per se, but by Sir Jonathan Ive, the man for whom Apple's modern design aesthetic is basically synonymous. The iPhone, the iPod, the iPad, MacBook Pro and Air, iOS 7, that watch you're soon going to be annoyed with seeing everywhere? That's all Ive. And he's the subject of a typically-lengthy profile in the most recent New Yorker, where it's revealed that Ive's latest tweak to a handheld device can be seen in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.

No, he's not the one who added the controversial complication of a hilt--come on, you think he'd add things awkwardly sticking out of something so sleek? But, surprisingly, what he did add was still very much antithetic to the polished Apple norm. He's the one who suggested that red blade look as wild, forceful, and uneven as a morning pee.

"It was just a conversation [with J.J. Abrams]," Ives explained. "I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty. [It could be] more analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous."

Less surprisingly, Ives also added the security lock, so finally no one can kill people with your lightsaber if you leave it in a cab again.

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