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”?
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:Image: Disney