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MacRumors
Sep 9, 2013, 10:31 AM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/goldearpods2.pngJony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, has contributed to an auction (http://investor.shareholder.com/common/download/download.cfm?companyid=BID&fileid=689391&filekey=03c7ce75-8fbc-4b13-ad59-7b1c60bc1532&filename=689391.pdf) [PDF] celebrating "masterworks of design and innovation" to benefit Bono's Project (RED) charity.

Ive worked with designer Marc Newson (http://www.marc-newson.com/) to curate and in some cases customize a number of items including a one-of-a-kind Steinway & Sons grand piano, and the pair curated the rest of the collection, including a set of 18k solid rose gold Apple EarPods, pictured at right, and a customized magnum of Dom Perignon 1966 with a custom red label.Leading the auction are the two items designed in their entirety by Jony and Marc - a unique Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera, which is, in and of itself, a feat of extraordinary engineering, and a unique aluminum desk produced by Neal Feay Studios. Joining these editions labeled 01/01 and specifically produced for the (RED) Auction are: a Steinway & Sons Parlor Grand Piano and a 2012 Range Rover, both customized by Jony and Marc; a unique version of Hermès' iconic Cavale saddle created in red leather with custom red stitching; a one- of-a-kind pair of classic Apple EarPods in solid rose gold; a Russian cosmonaut suit; a pair of Damien Hirst 'Spin Chairs' designed by Jasper Morrison; a custom Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos "561" Clock with unique red accents created for the auction; and a Dom Pérignon OEnothèque s 1966 Magnum with custom red foil label, red ice bucket cooler and limited edition protective case.The charity auction will be held on November 23 at Sotheby's New York.

Article Link: Jony Ive Creates Solid Gold EarPods for (RED) Sotheby's Charity Auction (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/09/jony-ive-creates-solid-gold-earpods-for-red-sothebys-charity-auction/)



Locoboof
Sep 9, 2013, 10:31 AM
Seems pretty cool and for a good cause

boshii
Sep 9, 2013, 10:33 AM
These would be perfect for the champagne 5S. :D

whooleytoo
Sep 9, 2013, 10:34 AM
Gold iPhone confirmed! ;)

Nice touch by him/Apple, well done.

Although... would you/could you ever use them? I mean, sticking any gold into your ear even just once, you'd think it would wipe quite a bit off the value.

Digital Dude
Sep 9, 2013, 10:36 AM
Being made of solid gold would make them quite heavy and likely just fall out of your ears.

JarScott
Sep 9, 2013, 10:37 AM
Wowee!

Arran
Sep 9, 2013, 10:37 AM
Wonder what the AppleCare will cost on those? :)

4God
Sep 9, 2013, 10:41 AM
Wonder if they'll sound tinny...:D

aolbites
Sep 9, 2013, 10:44 AM
The Dom Perignon, per the PDF, is 1996, not 1966.

Edit: The PDF can't even agree, one spot says 1996, another spot it says 1966.

runeapple
Sep 9, 2013, 10:44 AM
Being made of solid gold would make them quite heavy and likely just fall out of your ears.

For me heavier earphones stay in better as light ones a single light knock of the cable causes them to fly out.

But putting it in your ear a few times will start to make it tarnish and loose value but I guess that's the same as a ring of a necklace.

Ajones330
Sep 9, 2013, 10:46 AM
These are very nice. Wonder will we see different colors for the ear pods this year...

Cali Fornia
Sep 9, 2013, 10:47 AM
Gold iPhone confirmed! ;)

Nice touch by him/Apple, well done.

Although... would you/could you ever use them? I mean, sticking any gold into your ear even just once, you'd think it would wipe quite a bit off the value.

Especially, what will you do when the cable breaks one day? (as it is the case after some time as always)

Drumjim85
Sep 9, 2013, 10:49 AM
For me heavier earphones stay in better as light ones a single light knock of the cable causes them to fly out.

But putting it in your ear a few times will start to make it tarnish and loose value but I guess that's the same as a ring of a necklace.

You put necklaces in your ear?

Rogifan
Sep 9, 2013, 10:49 AM
I'm assuming whoever buys them won't actually use them.

They also designed a white and red Steinway for this auction. I could see someone like Elton John putting down some $$$ for this. :D

http://photos.prnewswire.com/pb-large/EN/2013/09/09/12/20130909120022ENPRNPRN-RED-AUCTION-PIANO-a-90-1378728022MR.jpg?1378741678

sixstrings03
Sep 9, 2013, 10:49 AM
For me heavier earphones stay in better as light ones a single light knock of the cable causes them to fly out.

But putting it in your ear a few times will start to make it tarnish and loose value but I guess that's the same as a ring of a necklace.
gold doesn't tarnish

Tankmaze
Sep 9, 2013, 10:51 AM
It should be a gold iphone or macbook pro :cool:

Redbeard25
Sep 9, 2013, 11:04 AM
These would be perfect for the champagne 5S. :D

Nailed it.

musika
Sep 9, 2013, 11:07 AM
I'm no big Star Wars buff or anything, but did anybody else think of C3PO when they saw this?

http://www.starwarshelmets.com/2009/C-3PO-Costume-and-Helmet.jpg

KdParker
Sep 9, 2013, 11:10 AM
Wonder if they'll sound tinny...:D

I wonder if they really work at all.

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I'm no big Star Wars buff or anything, but did anybody else think of C3PO when they saw this?

Image (http://www.starwarshelmets.com/2009/C-3PO-Costume-and-Helmet.jpg)

no

Radio
Sep 9, 2013, 11:11 AM
Soon to be on eBay for $10 kirfed

ToomeyND
Sep 9, 2013, 11:28 AM
For those talking about the gold wearing down, you realize that earrings are gold, right?

jfx94
Sep 9, 2013, 11:36 AM
I think they'll be heavy, but I wouldn't worry about the value decreasing with use. 18k gold is strong and will not tarnish. I wonder if they drivers in them are still made out of paper like the rest of the EarPods, or if the guts are different in these.

I'd like to see pictures of some of the other projects at the auction that Ive has touched.

Pompiliu
Sep 9, 2013, 11:38 AM
I'm no big Star Wars buff or anything, but did anybody else think of C3PO when they saw this?

Image (http://www.starwarshelmets.com/2009/C-3PO-Costume-and-Helmet.jpg)
Nope.

Drunken Master
Sep 9, 2013, 11:39 AM
These are very nice. Wonder will we see different colors for the ear pods this year...

I wonder about this sometimes, but I think the ear pods wouldn't look good in black.

Rogifan
Sep 9, 2013, 11:49 AM
From 9to5Mac:

http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/screen-shot-2013-09-09-at-11-44-08-am.png

http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/screen-shot-2013-09-09-at-11-43-47-am.png

JayLenochiniMac
Sep 9, 2013, 11:59 AM
Is the solid gold soft enough to form to one's ear canal?

needfx
Sep 9, 2013, 12:08 PM
gold & earwax...

iiish

Votekinky06
Sep 9, 2013, 12:10 PM
I think you are all missing the point. These are likely never going to leave the auction-winner's safe until 1-3 months after Jony passes away, at which point they'll be sold at auction for a minimum of 5x what they were purchased for.

Being made of solid gold would make them quite heavy and likely just fall out of your ears.

For me heavier earphones stay in better as light ones a single light knock of the cable causes them to fly out.

But putting it in your ear a few times will start to make it tarnish and loose value but I guess that's the same as a ring of a necklace.

Especially, what will you do when the cable breaks one day? (as it is the case after some time as always)

I wonder if they really work at all.

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no

I think they'll be heavy, but I wouldn't worry about the value decreasing with use. 18k gold is strong and will not tarnish. I wonder if they drivers in them are still made out of paper like the rest of the EarPods, or if the guts are different in these.

I'd like to see pictures of some of the other projects at the auction that Ive has touched.

Is the solid gold soft enough to form to one's ear canal?

Flynnstone
Sep 9, 2013, 12:11 PM
Wonder if they'll sound tinny...:D

I'd think gold tone ;^)

Arran
Sep 9, 2013, 12:12 PM
Especially, what will you do when the cable breaks one day?

Use them as ear plugs. Silence is golden.

Nevaborn
Sep 9, 2013, 12:24 PM
More beautiful work by Johnny Ive. I swear if Apple ever loses this guy it's all over.

sulpfiction
Sep 9, 2013, 12:27 PM
I wonder if they really work at all.[COLOR="#808080"]

Kidding, right? Of course they will work. Worn?, probably not. But functional?...Absolutely.

Carlanga
Sep 9, 2013, 12:56 PM
now we know who the true gold lover is...

watch all the people that hated the champagne iPhone realized it was an Ive idea.... they will be OMG gold greatest thing evar...hipsters...:rolleyes:

bedifferent
Sep 9, 2013, 01:27 PM
Use them as ear plugs. Silence is golden.

Then why is duck tape silver :p

Shrink
Sep 9, 2013, 01:32 PM
Then why is duck tape silver :p

Because a large proportion of ductwork (for which it is named) is galvanized steel, which is "silver" colored. :D

Tiger8
Sep 9, 2013, 02:00 PM
I'm no big Star Wars buff or anything, but did anybody else think of C3PO when they saw this?


More like Metropolis, the original!

http://www.hypergrid.org/metropolis/wiki/en/images/f/f9/Metro_001.jpg

Frank in NL
Sep 9, 2013, 03:05 PM
I'm still waiting for the EarPods made from Champagne.

Datalinks
Sep 9, 2013, 04:52 PM
Gold is the new aluminum for Ive these days it seems

Rogifan
Sep 9, 2013, 05:04 PM
Gold is the new aluminum for Ive these days it seems

Apple starting a trend. ;)

Mactendo
Sep 9, 2013, 05:09 PM
Holy cows...

macs4nw
Sep 9, 2013, 05:43 PM
Being made of solid gold would make them quite heavy and likely just fall out of your ears.

That is indeed what it says in the article, and they would definitely be quite heavy, but for the record, being 'rose-gold', it has to be an alloy with copper, possibly 18 karat, meaning 75% gold with 25% copper. That would still make them quite heavy, comparably that is, but as others have noted, I can't see them actually being used for their intended purpose.

Wish I was part of that 'club' to be able to bid on these kinds of items, oh well, back to work we go.

Harrycooke
Sep 9, 2013, 06:08 PM
I swear, if they were to make a champagne rMBP but not a slate/graphite, I would cut a bitch.

Porco
Sep 9, 2013, 06:33 PM
#Gold ear pods…
They're the pods, the pods with the midas touch…

no, wait, I've done this joke before (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=17293640&postcount=9).

What is it with all the gold lately?! I blame Spandau Ballet. Gold is NOT indestructible.

captain kaos
Sep 9, 2013, 06:46 PM
All i can think of is how bad they'll look with ear wax all over them! :eek:

GoCubsGo
Sep 9, 2013, 06:48 PM
I swear, if they were to make a champagne rMBP but not a slate/graphite, I would cut a bitch.

That made me giggle.

I really hate gold. I won't even wear gold jewelry.

macs4nw
Sep 9, 2013, 06:58 PM
More beautiful work by Johnny Ive. I swear if Apple ever loses this guy it's all over.

That is a bleak prospect, but Jony is a perfectionist, who loves Apple, partly because it's a company founded by perfectionists. Many companies would love to snap him up, for his proven impeccable track record with design.

But what other company would give him free rein with budget and more importantly, where else would his designs take precedence over engineering. That alone is enough to make him want to stay.

I believe Jony's future with Apple is not about to come to an end.

Harrycooke
Sep 9, 2013, 07:06 PM
That made me giggle.

I really hate gold. I won't even wear gold jewelry.

Gold is quite tacky, unless it's with a Versace or Chanel LBD.

Giuly
Sep 9, 2013, 07:15 PM
http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/screen-shot-2013-09-09-at-11-44-08-am.png

"One time, I designed a weird mouse that looked like a puck. Two of the other designers disappeared but I'm alive – Thanks, Champagne!"

bedifferent
Sep 9, 2013, 07:21 PM
Because a large proportion of ductwork (for which it is named) is galvanized steel, which is "silver" colored. :D

lol Thanks for the trivia, couldn't resist the [old] joke :D

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I swear, if they were to make a champagne rMBP but not a slate/graphite, I would cut a bitch.

haha I like you, humor on the same level

CReimer
Sep 9, 2013, 08:23 PM
The Dom Perignon, per the PDF, is 1996, not 1966.

Edit: The PDF can't even agree, one spot says 1996, another spot it says 1966.

Apple is still working out the kinks on time travel. I very much doubt they will announce that at tomorrow's media event.

jlgolson
Sep 9, 2013, 08:46 PM
The Dom Perignon, per the PDF, is 1996, not 1966.

Edit: The PDF can't even agree, one spot says 1996, another spot it says 1966.Ya, I'm assuming the text is right and it's the '66.

Gjwilly
Sep 9, 2013, 08:55 PM
Because a large proportion of ductwork (for which it is named) is galvanized steel, which is "silver" colored. :D

Duct tape has nothing to do with duct work.
In fact if you use it on your ductwork you're violating more than a few codes because it is not heat/flame resistant.
Duct tape actually did start out as duck tape because it was made from duck cloth.

FelixAng
Sep 9, 2013, 09:14 PM
Great idea, but I bet they're not going to be used much---after all, silence is golden.

thefourthpope
Sep 9, 2013, 10:19 PM
I'm no big Star Wars buff or anything, but did anybody else think of C3PO when they saw this?

Image (http://www.starwarshelmets.com/2009/C-3PO-Costume-and-Helmet.jpg)

I pictured Ive talking about how carefully they refined the...smelting process
http://butthatsforanotherblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/skin-gold-member.jpg

Alex72
Sep 9, 2013, 10:49 PM
Not if you listen to light rock.



Being made of solid gold would make them quite heavy and likely just fall out of your ears.

runeapple
Sep 10, 2013, 01:26 AM
You put necklaces in your ear?

Yes that's exactly what I do, do you have a problem with that?

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gold doesn't tarnish

Actually it discolours and this is still known as tarnishing.

Spacial
Sep 10, 2013, 01:34 AM
Anything for attention and recognition. So he's a rock star. Surely he's got things to do that would involve Apples mainstream products.

Hawkeye411
Sep 10, 2013, 05:30 AM
The Dom Perignon, per the PDF, is 1996, not 1966.

Edit: The PDF can't even agree, one spot says 1996, another spot it says 1966.

Unlike other wine, champagne doesn't get better with age so it's likely 1996.

gnasher729
Sep 10, 2013, 05:33 AM
But what other company would give him free rein with budget and more importantly, where else would his designs take precedence over engineering. That alone is enough to make him want to stay.

Imagine what would have happened if Samsung had hired him one week before that watch monstrosity was shown to the public. I think Jony would have asked to put the watches in each colour into a neat line, pulled a big hammer out of his pocket and smashed every single one.

Shrink
Sep 10, 2013, 06:18 AM
Duct tape has nothing to do with duct work.
In fact if you use it on your ductwork you're violating more than a few codes because it is not heat/flame resistant.
Duct tape actually did start out as duck tape because it was made from duck cloth.

I bow low to your wonderful, and superior, knowledge of this subject.:o

You are absolutely correct on all points, and I am embarrassed at my incorrect post!

It's great to learn the correct information, and my thanks for your correction.:D

(***he slinks off, red-faced, into the corner***:o)

Themaeds
Sep 10, 2013, 07:15 AM
Gonna be awkward when that right earbud stops working after 3 months

JayCee842
Sep 10, 2013, 09:46 AM
Wow, they look really great! :D