When it comes to the new Sith lightsaber introduced in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, most fans took issue with the cross-guard that resembles a burning crucifix. But it is another aspect of this glowing red Jedi weapon that seems to have been influenced by Apple. Jony Ive, who is the senior vice president of design at Apple, and the man primarily responsible for the look of the iPhone, recently recalled a private discussion he had with director J.J. Abrams. And it was he who suggested that some of the new lightsabers in Star Wars have a more archaic look.
The New Yorker recently interviewed the 47-year-old Sir Jonathan Ive, described as "one of the two most powerful people in the world's most valuable company." Ive describes a 'boozy' dinner conversation he had with J.J. Abrams, where he recalls making some 'very specific' suggestions about how some of the new lightsabers should look. In a previous interview with The New Yorker, J.J. Abrams confirmed that the upcoming sequel will reflect these thoughts. And in looking at Kylo Ren's lightsaber, you will see that it is the actual look of the blazing red blade that was inspired by the Apple designer's ideas. Says Ive:
"It was just a conversation. I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty...More analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous."
So, looking at the Kylo Ren lightsaber, we can attribute the power and messiness of the energy blade to Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive. Though, this is the only new lightsaber we've seen from the upcoming trilogy. There may be more unique designs on the way. Were they influenced by Ive as well? We'll have to wait unit this December to find out!