Apple designer reveals he influenced that new Star Wars: The Force Awakens lightsaber

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Ever since we saw that new Sith (we think) lightsaber in the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have been divided about the design. It looks like you can put part of the blame (or praise) on Apple ... or, at least, one of its leading lights.

According to a New Yorker profile piece on Apple designer Jonathan Ive -- who created the look of iPhone, iPad and iOS and is currently senior vice president of design  -- he may be partly responsible for the way Kylo Ren’s new lightsaber looks. In the piece, Ive revealed that he spoke to Abrams and gave him "very specific" suggestions about how the new Star Wars weapon should look in future movies. He stated that he did not come up with the controversial cross-guard thing, but that he was behind the more “spitty” look of the new Jedi weapon.

“I thought it would be interesting it if were less precise and just a little bit more spitty,” he recalled, adding that he suggested that the redesign could be “more analog and more primitive and I think in that way, somehow more ominous.”

Whether you guys think this makes it indeed look more “primitive” and “ominous” is, of course, a matter of opinion. And frankly, a Jedi Knight may not want his lightsabers to look too “ominous,” though we can see why a Sith Lord actually would. How do you like Jonathan Ive's thinking behind the design of the new Star Wars lightsaber?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open in theaters on Dec. 18.

(The Hollywood Reporter via Collider)