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Apple's Jony Ive to design limited-edition Leica camera for charity

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Apple's lead designer Jonathan Ive will reportedly design a one-of-a-kind limited edition Leica M camera to be auctioned off for charity.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, president of German camera maker Leica, said at a special event this week that a limited version of the new Leica M designed by Ive will be put up for auction, according to PetaPixel. Only a single unit of the camera will ever be produced, he said.

Further details on the camera, including the auction date or which charity will receive the money, were not given. But given the interest in Leica cameras and Apple products, it's likely to fetch a large sum at auction.

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Kaufmann's announcement came at the Photokina event in Germany, where Leica announced its new M and M-E cameras. The new $6,950 Leica M features Live View with a rear LCD display, as well as 1080p video recording and the use of a CMOS sensor. The Leica M-E is the company's more affordable rangefinder priced at $5,450.

Ive's acclaimed work at Apple has brought him a number of honors over the years, most notably when he was awarded knighthood in his home country of the U.K. He's also been named smartest designer in tech by Forbes Magazine, Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts.

Ive was so close to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that the late CEO left Ive with "more operational power" than anyone else at the company, Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson.

"There's no one who can tell him what to do," Jobs said. "That's the way I set it up."
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This'll be fun to see.
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I reckon we won't have an iFixit teardown on this one.
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I reckon we won't have an iFixit teardown on this one.

But we'll have shuttergate.

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Duplicate post, please remove this one

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But we'll have shuttergate.

 

haha nice one!

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Hmmmm, I wonder why Leica didn't think of going with Samsung's lead designer.

Oh, wait....
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Yeah, that "affordable" version sounds like a real bargain!
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edit: I'm just realizing that is what anantksundaram meant.

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OK so apparently Bono is involved too. Let's hope it's just with the auction and not the design.
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Hmmmm, I wonder why Leica didn't think of going with Samsung's lead designer.
Oh, wait....

Zing!
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This is interesting.  The Leica M design is already considered to be iconic.  I wonder if Ive is feeling more pressure for this project than others?  He's got to respect the original design to some extent.  He's limited in what he can do since the mechanicals and electronics are fixed.  And everyone who has an interest in design or Ive's work will be watching and criticizing.  No worries!

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You know the Naugahyde / Suede  is very functional so that will be removed for sure. Stuff like that is only used in software interfaces.

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Apple's lead designer Jonathan Ive will reportedly design a one-of-a-kind limited edition Leica M camera to be auctioned off for charity.
 

I know you know it already but anyway.

 

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Let's wait and see on this one. In the last 8 months, Apple has been implicated in collaborations with a few individuals and organizations, and they have all turned into false rumors. Leica is quite reputable but ...
 

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That's just weird.  A LOT of work for one single camera?  And given that Apple designs usually go through dozens of interactions of prototypes before being ready for production, who's to say that the one and only prototype will be all that great.

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I'm not sure about the capital M by itself which seems a bit anachronistic. It also reminds me of the gmail icon not to mention Peter Lorre's child murderer role in Fritz Lang's movie of the same name.
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Ironically, the iPhone 5 will come alarmingly close to matching the capabilities of Leica's $7K camera.
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Make it so an iPhone or touch snaps into the back and does the processing through a custom app. Then people will have photo streams, easy FB'ing, a retina display and quick communication with their computers.

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Make it so an iPhone or touch snaps into the back and does the processing through a custom app. Then people will have photo streams, easy FB'ing, a retina display and quick communication with their computers.
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Make it so an iPhone or touch snaps into the back and does the processing through a custom app. Then people will have photo streams, easy FB'ing, a retina display and quick communication with their computers.
Seriously, why has no one done this yetjQuery18107038773188833147_1347993483653?
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Hey all you pundits and meh-first whiners who say the iPhone 5 is boring, or that Apple is getting boring:

Note that this Leica design goes back to the 1950s, if not the 1920s.

When a device or a species reaches its evolutionary climax, it plateaus and then perfects itself in incremental details.

Get over your narcissistic, infantile lust for change for change's sake. You are no longer two years old tossing aside your toys because you are tired of them.

You've been had–by media, by fashion, by auto-industry model obsolescence, and by your overindulgent parents.

This is serious: art as technology and technology as art, with billions at stake. It isn't about style.

Dan Lyons must be shamed into silence!

Via Gruber's Daring Fireball, here is Harry Marks's roundup of bored tech 'journalists:"

http://curiousrat.com/home/2012/9/17/boring.html
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Jony: "We actually...Found a way...To fuse the lens and the camera body together to make it 18% thinner" 
Photographers: What the ****, Jony.

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That seems somehow unfair that just one of those would be produced. The valuation of it would be sky high but surely Jony Ive doesn't want to disappoint his fans like that?

Previous Leica special editions have sold for $25-50k depending on equipment, so this is not a mass market item with or without Ive.

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While I think this one-off Leica is cool, I'm much more excited about getting a new Jony Ive-designed camera body THIS FRIDAY!!!

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