French Designer Philippe Starck Claims Apple Will Reveal ‘Revolutionary’ New Product Within 8 Months [Updated]

French Designer Philippe Starck Claims Apple Will Reveal ‘Revolutionary’ New Product Within 8 Months [Updated]

Is Starck referring to an Apple television, the iPhone 5, or something else?

The French designer Philippe Starck, famous for both his interior design and mass produced goods like toothbrushes and chairs, revealed in a recent radio interview that Apple has been working on a “revolutionary” new product that will be unveiled within the next 8 months.

“Indeed, there is a big project together which will be out in eight months,” Starck said during a radio show with France Info. But he didn’t actually mention what that product may be, citing Apple’s “religious cult of secrecy” when pressed for further information. What he did say was that the product is “quite revolutionary.”

Based on recent rumors, our money is on that much-anticipated Apple television set. Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, has already revealed to his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that he had “cracked” the TV set (not literally), with “the simplest user interface you can imagine.”

But it’s possible he could be referring to the sixth-generation iPhone, which is expected to get an all-new, “teardrop” design.

Starck also revealed that he was good friends with Steve Jobs, and that the pair met regularly before Steve passed away last October. He now meets with Steve’s widow, Laurene Powell, when he’s in California.

Update: Apple has responded to the rumor, and it looks like Starck was actually helping the late Steve Jobs design a yacht.

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  • Brad Sanders

    I would like to make a prediction of my own. Apple will release a revolutionary product sometime this year. Now please give me press coverage. It takes little more than a moron to predict Apple releasing a revolutionary/magical/etc/etc device sometime in the year’s time frame and even being right about it. The Apple online community will truly cover just about anything. It’s pretty sad.

  • Arnoud van Houwelingen

    Obviously he’s talking about a totaly new product which does not exist at this moment. So he is certainly not talking about the new iphone but most likely the iPanel (or iTV)

  • Markiezy

    If they have Jonny why would they need this guy to design the new iPhone?

  • lowtolerance

    If they have Jonny why would they need this guy to design the new iPhone?

    Better question: why does Ive need this guy to design or collaborate on a new product?

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