Apple's Jony Ive Helped Design Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Lightsabers

By Gerald Lynch on at

He's made computers with the iMac, phones with the iPhone and even watches with the upcoming Apple Watch. But Chingford-born Jonathan Ive, Apple's Brit abroad design guru, won't be limited to products of this world alone – he's even helping design products for a galaxy far, far away.

According to a profile piece in The New Yorker, a dinner shared with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams gave the Apple executive the opportunity to share his thoughts on an "elegant weapon for a more civilised age": the lightsaber.

According to Abrams "very specific" suggestions were made, suggestions that would be reflected in the final props seen in this winter's new sequel.

"It was just a conversation,” Ive told The New Yorker.

“I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty,” something “more analogue and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous."

When the Force Awakens first trailer finally landed last November, much was made of its three-bladed, cross guard-equipped Sith lightsaber. Could this have been partly Ive's contribution? Certainly, if Luke Skywalker pulls out an iPad at any point, we'll know who to blame. [New Yorker]