Jony Ive Creates Solid Gold EarPods for (RED) Sotheby's Charity Auction

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    Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, has contributed to an auction [PDF] celebrating "masterworks of design and innovation" to benefit Bono's Project (RED) charity.

    Ive worked with designer Marc Newson 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.
    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
     
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    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.
     
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    Being made of solid gold would make them quite heavy and likely just fall out of your ears.
     
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    Wonder what the AppleCare will cost on those? :)
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    These are very nice. Wonder will we see different colors for the ear pods this year...
     
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    Especially, what will you do when the cable breaks one day? (as it is the case after some time as always)
     
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    You put necklaces in your ear?
     
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    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

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    gold doesn't tarnish
     
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    Nailed it.
     
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    I'm no big Star Wars buff or anything, but did anybody else think of C3PO when they saw this?

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    I wonder if they really work at all.

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    For those talking about the gold wearing down, you realize that earrings are gold, right?
     
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    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.
     
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    Nope.
     
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    I wonder about this sometimes, but I think the ear pods wouldn't look good in black.
     

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