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Star Wars: The Force Awakens lightsaber design may have come from Apple

02.16.2015
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The most talked about element of the first STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS teaser had to be the cross-guard lightsaber. The comments ranged from those who thought it was cool all the way to the folks arguing the physical limitations and battlefield ramifications of using such a weapon. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I am sure we all agree that we want to see more of the saber in action.

Why J.J. Abrams and the team behind the saber redesign for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS decided to go in such a direction may have been thanks to Jony Ive. If you are not familiar with that name, you would instantly recognize his work as Ive is the man who designed the look of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Yeah, if you thought Abrams' STAR TREK reboot looked like an Apple Store, Ive may have had an impact on STAR WARS as well.

In an interview for The New Yorker, Ive said he was not the actual designer of the new lightsaber but rather was involved in conversations about the new film with J.J. Abrams.

"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 Ive was in the room when the new saber was sketched, his comments seem to have been taken to heart as the cross-guard weapon does look more primitive and definitely "spitty". Theories have ranged all over the place as to why this Sith lightsaber looks this way but it doesn't seem to be an accident. I just hope that it has a removable battery and an SD card slot.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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Source: New Yorker

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8:38PM on 02/19/2015
I still think the reason they did this is so the camera can do a slow zoom in to the shadowed cowl of the new Sith, you can see nothing but shadow. Then slowly he lifts his lightsaber up to his face and blam! one of the hilt beams comes on and lights the end of his cigar revealing his face before he joins the fight.
I still think the reason they did this is so the camera can do a slow zoom in to the shadowed cowl of the new Sith, you can see nothing but shadow. Then slowly he lifts his lightsaber up to his face and blam! one of the hilt beams comes on and lights the end of his cigar revealing his face before he joins the fight.
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1:44AM on 02/17/2015
Really plugging Apple today aren't we JoBlo? First the BTTF iPhone case & now a blatant name drop for the iPod & iPad. *claps* Doesn't bother me though, since I own an iPhone& iPad & an iPod myself, just thought it was funny to plug Apple twice.
Really plugging Apple today aren't we JoBlo? First the BTTF iPhone case & now a blatant name drop for the iPod & iPad. *claps* Doesn't bother me though, since I own an iPhone& iPad & an iPod myself, just thought it was funny to plug Apple twice.
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9:21PM on 02/16/2015
From Apple, huh? That explains why it looks so crappy.
From Apple, huh? That explains why it looks so crappy.
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8:21PM on 02/16/2015

Reminds me of Maul's lightsaber

Prior to Phantom Manace being released ,fans were all over the place about their feelings towards Darth Maul's double edged saber. I think, once we see the thing in action, people will come around. Ive is a brilliant designer so if he had any influence on the new saber, I completely trust him. Not to mention the rumors suggesting this new enemy is a collector of Sith relics.
Prior to Phantom Manace being released ,fans were all over the place about their feelings towards Darth Maul's double edged saber. I think, once we see the thing in action, people will come around. Ive is a brilliant designer so if he had any influence on the new saber, I completely trust him. Not to mention the rumors suggesting this new enemy is a collector of Sith relics.
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5:56PM on 02/16/2015

The hate needs to end. It's a badass lightsaber and says something about this villain's skill levels

For those who say, "It's stupid cause there is no way anyone could fight without getting their own body parts sliced off." I say this, that makes this character more badass and threatening as a villain. He's that skilled with a lightsaber he can fight with this complex and awesome design. I'm pretty sure they choose this design for a damn good reason, just like Darth Maul have a bow lightsaber for the purpose of fighting off multiple Jedi at one time. Can't wait to see this lightsaber in
For those who say, "It's stupid cause there is no way anyone could fight without getting their own body parts sliced off." I say this, that makes this character more badass and threatening as a villain. He's that skilled with a lightsaber he can fight with this complex and awesome design. I'm pretty sure they choose this design for a damn good reason, just like Darth Maul have a bow lightsaber for the purpose of fighting off multiple Jedi at one time. Can't wait to see this lightsaber in action!
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5:46PM on 02/16/2015

The hate cracks me up.

People pissed about this thing makes no sense to me. The argument of it being impractical is just insane. I mean, the universe that is Star Wars is very realistic and practical right?
People pissed about this thing makes no sense to me. The argument of it being impractical is just insane. I mean, the universe that is Star Wars is very realistic and practical right?
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4:28PM on 02/16/2015

I don't understand the hate.

Personally, I think it looks cool and could be very cool in action.
Personally, I think it looks cool and could be very cool in action.
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