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Key iPhone designer had a hand in new Star Wars lightsaber

An iPhone designer had his little fingers dipped into the sweet juices of the next Star Wars movie.

I don't know whether you noticed or not, but the (not so) new trailer to Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens shows a lightsaber somewhat different to what we’re used to in the Star Wars series.

I, for one, didn’t notice. But that’s probably because I’m a boring individual with very little interest in the Star Wars series.

Anyway, in the trailer we can see a crossguard lightsaber which has more of a burning effect than a steady beam of light.

The (subtle) change was the brainchild of Jonathan Ive, Apple’s lead designer.

He was the one to give JJ Abrams a couple of pointers on the lightsaber’s design.

According to a post on the Newyorker’s website, the two met “at a boozy dinner party in New York”, and Ive ‘made what Abrams recalled as “very specific” suggestions about the design of lightsabres’.

“It was just a conversation,” Ive said, but added that the unevenness of the lightsaber was in part, his doing: “I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty.”

A redesigned weapon could be “more analogue and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous.”

The strangest thing about the whole deal is that such an idea came from an Apple designer – a company known for its sleek, clean and futuristic look, with curvy edges and simple colours.

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.