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Acclaimed French designer Phillippe Starck revealed in a recent interview that he has been working with Apple on a "revolutionary" new product that will be revealed within the next 8 months.

Starck revealed the information in a radio interview with France Info, as discovered by HardMac. No further details were given on what the product may be.

"Indeed, there is a big project together which will be out in eight months," Starck said, according to . He cited Apple's "religious cult of secrecy" for declining to divulge any further information, though he did say the new project is "quite revolutionary."

Starck also revealed that he met regularly with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs before he passed away last October. The designer said he would see Jobs around once a month in his Palo Alto home for seven years, and he now meets with Jobs's widow, Laurene Powell, when he is in California.

The design work of Starck is wide reaching, ranging from products like toothbrushes and motorcycles to furnishings, building interiors, and even windmills.

There's no indication that Starck has worked with Apple in any capacity before, though he did design premium iPhone/iPod speakers and headphones for the company Parrot in 2008. The Zikmu Parrot speakers by Starck currently sell for around $1,600, while the ZIK Parrot headphones are advertised as "coming in 2012."




The comments from Starck will undoubtedly fuel speculation about a rumored Apple television set that the company is believed to be working on. Early this year, one report claimed that Apple's own design chief, Jony Ive, has a 50-inch Apple television housed in his secure design studio.

As for Starck's "revolutionary" comment, it could be related to comments made by Jobs himself to biographer Walter Isaacson. In interviews for Isaacson's book released last year, Jobs said he had "cracked" the secret to building an integrated, easy-to-use television set that will have "the simplest user interface you imagine."

Of course, Starck's apparent work with Apple could also be related to something entirely different, such as a forthcoming redesigned iPhone. The company is expected to launch a new iPhone late this year, featuring a completely redesigned exterior for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

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Okay, that quote from Jobs' biography was literally a single paragraph in an over 600 page book. If the TV happens, awesome, but it's not the fact that it's a TV that will sell it. It's the content. iPod = iTunes. iPhone/iPad = App Store. This hypothetical TV is going to need some kind of blow-away, revolutionary content store much like the two previous examples in order to take off.
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Was thinking TV as well or perhaps a new design for Macbook's
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I wonder if it's a new product category... Revolutionary is a bold declaration and I'm excited to learn more.
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...Of course, Starck's apparent work with Apple could also be related to something entirely different, such as a forthcoming redesigned iPhone.

I don't think the next iPhone would be considered a "revolutionary new product"
post #6 of 179
Interesting, another product from the Jobs era. I wonder how long it'll be before we see something conceived entirely since Cook took over.
post #7 of 179
This "news" is akin to blowing up a paper bag inside a chicken coop and then popping it. No real substance, but guaranteed to get the clickers clucking and the feathers flying. Like most successful designers, Starck is no stranger to self-promotion and puffery.

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post #8 of 179
iMac please.

If it's a Phillippe Starck TV then we are talking too few penetration and way too expensive.
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I wonder if it's a new product category... Revolutionary is a bold declaration and I'm excited to learn more.

Exactly, same thoughts here.

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Acclaimed French designer Phillippe Starck revealed in a recent interview that he has been working with Apple on a "revolutionary" new product that will be revealed within the next 8 months.

Is it any coincidence that 8 months from now also happens to be the same time that experts predict the world will come to an end? I think not!
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Interesting, another product from the Jobs era. I wonder how long it'll be before we see something conceived entirely since Cook took over.

re-edit

Sir' Jony's toys without Jobs' insight or direction should be vedy interesting.
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This guy's design sense sucks.

He puts Bauhous inspired furniture in a Victorian setting. The couch on the right sticks out into the doorway. The one on the left blocks the radiator. The heat will ruin the leather, and it is facing nowhere.

The photo sucks too. It is overexposed in the bright parts, and underexposed elsewhere. The iPod column fades into the darkness behind it. The other one is in the middle of the floor, waiting to be bumped into.

How is this picture supposed to showcase the work of a talented designer?



Besides all that, he is a blabbermouth!
post #13 of 179
...fails us. We have a rumour the Steve J had laid out a roadmap of products for the next four or five years, said to include some of the best yet. We have another rumour from a famous designer that Apple will release something revolutionary within 8 months. And the best we can imagine is an Apple-branded TV set or a redesigned iPhone?

I have no desire to rush out and replace my recently purchased ($1500) large screen or my relatively new iPhone 4S. The next iPhone will be evolutionary, regardless of how much more advanced. A TV set would be a stretch--the key is delivering the content, as the previous post notes. Unless Apple can replace the user interface in the TV AND the cable box at once or crack the content delivery issue without busting the home bandwidth limits (cable companies again!), what would be the point?

No, I expect something entirely new, radical, revolutionary and so intuitively obvious once we see and touch it...but something for which we mere mortals lack the imagination yet to see...
post #14 of 179
I respect Starck's work. I own a few products of his design. And the nightclub he designed in Dallas in the 80s was pretty awesome. However, many things he creates are not particularly accessible - they don't have mass appeal. I doubt he has designed anything specific for Apple, but rather consulted more conceptually with Jobs. I would even question whether he knows any specific details at all regarding this "revolutionary" product.
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Is it any coincidence that 8 months from now also happens to be the same time that experts predict the world will come to an end? I think not!

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Interesting, another product from the Jobs era. I wonder how long it'll be before we see something conceived entirely since Cook took over.

I think this new product was conceived when Steve was still at the helm of Apple. Still, Cook should get the credit for making it happen
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Didn't even notice the iPod zither- ya... He sucks.


On another note, Tommy Hillfiger is predicting an apple Tv in October and Vera Wang is predicting a 7" iPad before Christmas.

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post #18 of 179
The iPod nano will complete its transition to a watch, designed by Starck.
post #19 of 179
Probably just talking about the next iPhone. I don't see how a TV could fit a revolutionary design.
post #20 of 179
Well that's pretty obvious… they always reveal a revolutionary new product every 12 months, so chances are that if you mention such a thing there will actually be a revolutionary new product. Anyone can make predictions like that.
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This guy's design sense sucks.

He puts Bauhous inspired furniture in a Victorian setting. The couch on the right sticks out into the doorway. The one on the left blocks the radiator. The heat will ruin the leather, and it is facing nowhere.

The photo sucks too. It is overexposed in the bright parts, and underexposed elsewhere. The iPod column fades into the darkness behind it. The other one is in the middle of the floor, waiting to be bumped into.

How is this picture supposed to showcase the work of a talented designer?



Besides all that, he is a blabbermouth!

Excellent post.
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Didn't even notice the iPod zither- ya... He sucks.


I didn't see it either until I had studied the photo.
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Acclaimed French designer Phillippe Starck revealed in a recent interview that, until his recent firing by the company, he had been working with Apple on a "revolutionary" new product that will be revealed within the next 8 months.

There, I fixed that for you.
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This guy's design sense sucks.

He puts Bauhous inspired furniture in a Victorian setting. The couch on the right sticks out into the doorway. The one on the left blocks the radiator. The heat will ruin the leather, and it is facing nowhere.

The photo sucks too. It is overexposed in the bright parts, and underexposed elsewhere. The iPod column fades into the darkness behind it. The other one is in the middle of the floor, waiting to be bumped into.

How is this picture supposed to showcase the work of a talented designer?



Besides all that, he is a blabbermouth!

Everything you said about this photo is true. However, that photo is from Parrot not Starck. He did not set up the shot or take the photograph. All that badness is on Parrot. Besides, there is nothing wrong with modern juxtaposed with period design. Happens in Europe all the time.
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This guy's design sense sucks.

He puts Bauhous inspired furniture in a Victorian setting. The couch on the right sticks out into the doorway. The one on the left blocks the radiator. The heat will ruin the leather, and it is facing nowhere.

The photo sucks too. It is overexposed in the bright parts, and underexposed elsewhere. The iPod column fades into the darkness behind it. The other one is in the middle of the floor, waiting to be bumped into.

How is this picture supposed to showcase the work of a talented designer?



Besides all that, he is a blabbermouth!


Apple's next product will be 'Revolutionary'? maybe so. But the adjective that comes to mind as i look over this guys work is: Atrocious
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Okay, that quote from Jobs' biography was literally a single paragraph in an over 600 page book. If the TV happens, awesome, but it's not the fact that it's a TV that will sell it. It's the content. iPod = iTunes. iPhone/iPad = App Store. This hypothetical TV is going to need some kind of blow-away, revolutionary content store much like the two previous examples in order to take off.

I have wondered ever since Apple started selling TV episodes on iTunes Store why they have not produced any original content to make iTunes Store stand out from Hulu, network websites, DVDs, etc. And then Hulu AND Netflix beat them to the punch.
post #28 of 179
I don't believe a word he says. If it were true, and he really wanted to ever work with Apple again he would keep his fat French mouth shut.
post #29 of 179
Whatever it is, it's not a TV, for heaven's sake.

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post #30 of 179
Will Apple release a revolutionary product? I believe yes.

Will it be a TV? No. Will it take the place of a TV? Yes.

The thing people are not getting is that the term "Television" will be all but obsolete in two years after Apple introduces a product that becomes the primary entertainment and control hub in the living room. It will have a revolutionary impact not only on how we consume content at home, but how we interact with our homes in general. Television is to "iPanel" as radio is to "iPod".

These "Smart TVs" that companies are releasing will immediately seem 5 years old just by virtue of incorporating the term "TV" in their product.

This not blind fanboy praise. This is logical deduction based on the obvious.
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This guy's design sense sucks. [snip] The [couch] on the left blocks the radiator.

I think I agree on his design sense. Those iPod column things look stupid, almost like free-standing ashtrays and you're guaranteed to trip over them when the lights are low. Also, the Ikea vases are fine (loads of Ikea in my house) but it doesn't exactly say "high-end," it says something more like "Now only $6.99."

But I think that couch on the left is at least a foot or two from the radiator.
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This guy's design sense sucks.

He puts Bauhous inspired furniture in a Victorian setting. The couch on the right sticks out into the doorway. The one on the left blocks the radiator. The heat will ruin the leather, and it is facing nowhere.

The photo sucks too. It is overexposed in the bright parts, and underexposed elsewhere. The iPod column fades into the darkness behind it. The other one is in the middle of the floor, waiting to be bumped into.

How is this picture supposed to showcase the work of a talented designer?



Besides all that, he is a blabbermouth!

I just checked out the Homepage of this guy, and spoke a prayer:

OMDG please don't let him have any influence on Apple design. Not now, not ever! Thanks! Amen!
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I don't believe a word he says. If it were true, and he really wanted to ever work with Apple again he would keep his fat French mouth shut.

LOL, yes, but he is French, after all! Always talking a big game and then never following through. (disclaimer: this is only meant as a harmless joke, not to offend any of our French friends visiting this web site!)
post #34 of 179
The revolutionary product will most likely be the boat design that Jobs was working on before his death.

Starck has experience in this area
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Excellent post.

Must say for once I agreed with something ZZZ said. Although to be fair that is just one photograph ...

I find it odd if anything he says is true that he has opened his mouth. Also given we have Sir J, who needs him?
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He puts Bauhous inspired furniture in a Victorian setting. The couch on the right sticks out into the doorway. The one on the left blocks the radiator. The heat will ruin the leather, and it is facing nowhere.

Bauhaus
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Interesting, another product from the Jobs era. I wonder how long it'll be before we see something conceived entirely since Cook took over.

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re-edit

Sir' Jony's toys without Jobs' insight or direction should be vedy interesting.

There appears to be a complete misunderstanding of "The Apple Problem." The Apple prior to Jobs's return did not lack for ideas. Its problem was that it had numerous ideas. Many were products. Many more were sinkholes of corporate resources.

When Jobs returned to Apple, he did the exact opposite of flood the company with ideas. He trimmed products and projects. He developed a focused corporate strategy. Most of the people who helped him carry-out his corporate strategy are with Apple now. They have no fewer ideas now than while Jobs was with us. We can only hope that they have as must discipline.
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...fails us. We have a rumour the Steve J had laid out a roadmap of products for the next four or five years, said to include some of the best yet. We have another rumour from a famous designer that Apple will release something revolutionary within 8 months. And the best we can imagine is an Apple-branded TV set or a redesigned iPhone?

I have no desire to rush out and replace my recently purchased ($1500) large screen or my relatively new iPhone 4S. The next iPhone will be evolutionary, regardless of how much more advanced. A TV set would be a stretch--the key is delivering the content, as the previous post notes. Unless Apple can replace the user interface in the TV AND the cable box at once or crack the content delivery issue without busting the home bandwidth limits (cable companies again!), what would be the point?

No, I expect something entirely new, radical, revolutionary and so intuitively obvious once we see and touch it...but something for which we mere mortals lack the imagination yet to see...

Finally a well thought and intelligent comment about this article!
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Interesting, another product from the Jobs era. I wonder how long it'll be before we see something conceived entirely since Cook took over.

Given that the gestation for the iPhone and iPad was around 5 - 7 years, then I'd say still a few years off.
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This guy's design sense sucks.

He puts Bauhous inspired furniture in a Victorian setting. The couch on the right sticks out into the doorway. The one on the left blocks the radiator. The heat will ruin the leather, and it is facing nowhere.

The photo sucks too. It is overexposed in the bright parts, and underexposed elsewhere. The iPod column fades into the darkness behind it. The other one is in the middle of the floor, waiting to be bumped into.

How is this picture supposed to showcase the work of a talented designer?



Besides all that, he is a blabbermouth!

Okay firstly it is Bauhaus, secondly those rooms are not Victorian but French Neo-Classisical from the Louis XV and XVI periods. Most importantly that "guy" is consider one of the most influential designers of the past 20 years and has designed furniture, home decorative objects and hotels. Mr Ive's most notably work is with Apple exclusively.

The only thing I agree with you on is the photograph used in this advertisement which was produced by the manufacturer not Mr. Starck, is not great and has poor styling.
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