All indications suggest that Apple’s revolutionary product release this year will be iPhone 5. But date is still to be confirmed. A report by French newspaper Le Figaro has revealed that designer Philippe Starck has teamed up with Apple on a new “revolutionary” product that would be unveiled eight months from now.
The information was revealed in an interview of the interior designer and originator of stylizing mass-produced consumer items by the French newspaper.
The translated report states, “French designer Philippe Starck announced today on France Info that it is working with the U.S. computer group Apple in a project “revolutionary” that would emerge in eight months.”
The report mentioned Starck’s quote as stated in the show “Everything and Its Opoosite’, “Indeed, there is a big project together which will be out in eight months.”
The report went on to state, “Invoking the “religious cult of secrecy” of the California firm, he declined further detail, except to talk about a project “quite revolutionary (…) if not very.”
Starck cited Apple’s “religious cult of secrecy” as his excuse for not divulging any further information.
Philippe Starck is a well-known designer who has used his imagination in the revamping of the object of his creation. His works include from hotels, restaurants, toothbrushes to the last Parisian Navigo travel card.
Starck said in the report that he met with Steve Jobs regularly in California before the Apple founder’s death in October last year. The designer saw Jobs for seven years till his death and still visits the Paulo Alto home to visit Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell.
The new product and the mention of the term “revolutionary” here send the imagination of the readers whirring. However, it would be good to remember here that Starck is known for ‘revamping” products and not creating new ones.
Then Lance Whitney of CNET also pointed out that the release date of the ‘revolutionary” product designed by Starck happens to coincide with the release date of iPhone 5. The revolutionary product might very well be the next generation iPhone.
Whitney wrote in his column, “Though Apple’s iPhone changes are typically evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the company is facing increased competition from Android and Samsung in particular. So it could always be planning a major ergonomic overall for the next iPhone.”
Though it is not clear if Starck worked with Apple before or not, but he has designed the premium iPhone/iPod speakers and headphones for the company Parrot in 2008. The Zikmu Parrot speakers that Starck designed cost $1,600.
Besides speculation about the product being the iPhone 5, some are also considering that the rumored Apple television is the object of Starck’s comments. Apple’s design chief Jony Ive was rumoured to have a 50-inch Apple television housed in his secure design studio for research and development.