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Philippe Starck says Apple to debut 'revolutionary' product soon

April 13, 2012|By Andrea Chang
  • Famed designer Philippe Starck, his wife, Jasmine, right, and daughter Ara go shopping at a Big Lots store in Hollywood in 2008 to show how far a dollar can go in recessionary times.
Famed designer Philippe Starck, his wife, Jasmine, right, and daughter… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

If French designer Philippe Starck is to be believed, Apple getting ready to launch a "revolutionary" product this year.

Starck told French newspaper Le Figaro that he had teamed up with the Cupertino, Calif., company to design the product but declined to give more details, citing Apple's "religious cult of secrecy." (Actually, what he really said was "culte du secret religieux.")

He also shared that he had met in California with Apple co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs once a month for seven years and still visits Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell, according to CNET.

An obvious guess for Apple's new product would be the much-anticipated Apple TV. Or Starck might be helping the tech giant design its newest iteration of the iPhone, which is expected to be released later this year. Or -- brace yourselves, Apple fans -- the company could have something completely new in the works. What do you think?

Starck has designed mass-produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, furniture and houses. He created a line of products for Target and has also worked as an interior designer on projects including Hollywood restaurant Katsuya.

This won't be the first time Starck has worked on a tech product. In 2004, Microsoft unveiled a computer mouse designed by the cutting-edge designer.


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