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Designer Philippe Starck Says Working on 'Revolutionary' Product with Apple, Release in 8 Months

As noted by Mac4Ever [Google translation], legendary French designer Philippe Starck revealed on a radio show today that he has been working with Apple on a "revolutionary" new product, with the product set to launch within the next eight months.


Philippe Starck (Source: Flickr/jikatu)

French newspaper Le Figaro has more on Starck's comments [Google translation], noting that he met with Steve Jobs monthly for seven years to talk. Starck also notes that he will be heading to Cupertino to talk with Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, suggesting that he is indeed a relatively close friend of the family.

As for the identity of the product in question, speculation naturally turns to an Apple television set, which has been rumored for a launch late this year or early next year. On the electronics side, Starck has experience in speaker and headphone design, with his Parrot Zikmu wireless speaker with iPhone/iPod dock being sold through Apple's online store in some countries. Starck's Parrot Zik headphones are also due for release later this year. Consequently, it is unclear from his brief comments whether he is working on an actual Apple product or something else for which he is coordinating with Apple.

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32 months ago
Sorry, I only buy Apple products that are magical. The revolutionary ones are just lame in comparison.
Rating: 58 Votes
32 months ago
And he was never heard from again.


:p
Rating: 47 Votes
32 months ago
iPad socks
Rating: 45 Votes
32 months ago
a clone of Steve Jobs. Takes 9 months for a baby
Rating: 41 Votes
32 months ago

Sorry, I only buy Apple products that are magical. The revolutionary ones are just lame in comparison.


What about the resolutionary ones?
Rating: 26 Votes
32 months ago

Jonny Ive seems to have run out of ideas so this might be good to see something new for a change.


I wonder how that's working out with Jony Ive?

Did Steve think that Jony couldn't come up with the required design of the "revolutionary" product or is the "revolutionary" product just so fricking awesome, that it needed two top designers to work on it?



I hope you realize Jon Ive is not the only one who comes up with designs. It's a team of people.
Rating: 17 Votes
32 months ago
No. Chance.

Starck's style is exactly the opposite of Ive's. You almost never get two giant names from the same discipline working on a single product.

Not. Gonna. Happen.


Jonny Ive seems to have run out of ideas so this might be good to see something new for a change.


You realize Apple doesn't redesign something for the sake of a redesign lately (Mac Pro). Once you get to a certain point, unless the needs change, you reach the apex of form and function. Then there's no reason to change.
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago

Why the hype over a tv?

People in droves won't have the capital to plunk down $1500-$2000 for a tv when one could be had for much larger at the same price.

But then their marketing genius people will believe they don't need a big tv.

I guess there is little chance the apple tv will ever run apps as they hold out for their tv sets


This was said about the iPod, iPhone, and iPad as well. People aren't going to want to spend the money. Yes, this is considerably more money, but it's also a larger device. I'm willing to bet that people WILL buy an Apple designed television. And I'm willing to bet that once it's unveiled, I will be looking for ways to accidentally knock my HDTV off the entertainment center so that I can tell my wife we need a new TV.
Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago

Jonny Ive seems to have run out of ideas so this might be good to see something new for a change.


Let's just hope Stark didn't have anything to do with the design of that upcoming Apple product.

He's the one who designed the Freebox Revolution for Free (http://www.free.fr/) (the best Internet provider in France)... and this thing is ugly as a mofo:

Rating: 14 Votes
32 months ago
iRonman

(Hopefully his real full name is Philippe Antoine Stark, to support my (bad) joke)
Rating: 12 Votes

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