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Apple's Jony Ive Talks Apple Watch, Lightsabers, and Possibly Hints at Retirement

The New Yorker recently did a profile on Jony Ive, the Senior Vice President of Design over at Apple, and the article contained a few interesting tidbits, include talk of both the Apple Watch and lightsabers, as well as possible hints at an impending retirement.

Ive spends a lot of the interview talking about the Apple Watch and, as PocketNow points out, he talks about the collaborative process a lot, something we haven’t really come to expect from Apple. We hear about Tim Cook a lot, and of course before him the late Steve Jobs was the one in the spotlight, and that’s always been the way Apple has operated. They like to keep things simple with one public face at a time, but Ive really went to town speaking about the folks he worked with while designing the watch.

At one point, the article refers to the Apple Watch as “handcuffs” for Ive, possibly suggesting that they’re locking him down, keeping him from exiting the company. Is that a stretch? Maybe. Though that, coupled with the fact that 2014 took a huge toll on Ive, could suggest that he’s ready to hang it up.

If he does leave Apple but doesn’t go straight into retirement, perhaps he could always get a job in the movies, seeing as he was supposedly the one who suggested the wonky lightsaber blade that appears in the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. According to Ive, he suggested a “more primitive” lightsaber blade for a more ominous feel. There have been plenty of theories surrounding the semi-controversial lightsaber and the apparent cross guard, my favorite of which being that the lightsaber is homemade and the cross guard isn’t a cross guard at all, but exhaust vents for excess energy coming off of the lightsaber crystals.

And just like that, I’m nerding out over Star Wars. I’ll stop before it gets really ugly.

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