Despite geek god Stephen Colbert explaining brilliantly to people why the new lightsaber in The Force Awakens isn’t the end of the world, there are still people out there using it as their “Jar Jar moment” for Episode VII.
These people are looking for someone to blame for the saber, and it sounds like a big Apple name may have had some influence on it.
In a New Yorker profile, Apple’s Jony Ives recalls consulting Abrams on the new saber:
â€œIt was just a conversation,â€ he said, then explained that, although heâ€™d said nothing about cross guards, he had made a case for unevenness: â€œI thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty.â€ A redesigned weapon could be â€œmore analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous.â€
It doesn’t sound like he’s responsible for the hated cross-guard, but the wilder nature of the blade seems to have some from his suggestions.