Marc Newson Hired Part-Time at Apple for Specific Undisclosed Projects

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Designer Marc Newson recently spoke to architecture and design magazine Dezeen in his first interview since joining Apple. Though most of the conversation focuses on a new consumer beer machine he created along with Heineken, Newson does reveal some interesting tidbits about his current role at Apple.

Marc Newson with Jonathan Ive, courtesy of Vanity Fair
Newson confirms to Dezeen's Amy Frearson that he is working for Apple part-time and was hired for very specific reasons he would not disclose. He will remain in the UK while continuing to work on projects for his existing company.
Amy Frearson: You've taken on quite a major role with Apple, do you think you'll still have time to work on these kinds of project as well?

Marc Newson: Yes absolutely, because my role at Apple doesn't necessitate all of my time and that was for very specific reasons, so absolutely, my company still exists and I remain based in the UK.
When asked about his role in the design of Apple's new Watch that is slated to arrive early next year, Newson was tight-lipped, answering only questions about the future of the traditional watch.
Amy Frearson: Can you tell me if you were involved in the watch design?

Marc Newson: Apparently I can't.

PR Lady: Sorry we can't answer that, sorry.

Amy Frearson: Maybe I could ask you another question. With your background in watch design, can you tell me what you think is the future of the traditional watch?

Marc Newson: There will always be a place for mechanical watches. Apart from telling the time - which is all they do - they're about something completely different. You know, I think that the mechanical watch industry will continue to exist in much the same way as it does right now. To be honest I'm not really intimately aware of what's happening with the world of mechanical watches right now.
Newson has worked closely with Apple lead designer Jony Ive, collaborating on several products for a Product (RED) benefit auction. Newson also is rumored to have worked on previous Apple products before officially joining the company.

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luckydcxx

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is it just me or is it pretty obvious he was hired to help with the design of the :apple:watch in some way.
 

MartinAppleGuy

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amy frearson: Can you tell me if you were involved in the watch design?

Marc newson: Apparently i can't.

Pr lady: Sorry we can't answer that, sorry.

Marc newson *winks*

Pr lady: -_-
:p
 
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GoCubsGo

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is it just me or is it pretty obvious he was hired to help with the design of the :apple:watch in some way.
Maybe but isn't the watch design done?
He may very well be a part of that and the future of the watch.
 

tkwolf

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I'm just gonna get this off my chest, but Ive is hot...aging did him well. :p
 

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I feel like if he DIDNT work on the watch he would say "No" .

The fact that he can't comment on it pretty much means he did work on it .
 

teslo

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is it just me or is it pretty obvious he was hired to help with the design of the :apple:watch in some way.
well, if the beats team puts out a new line of kitchen knives next year, maybe this guy will shake up the company in some outlandish way too. otherwise, i'd say it's a safe bet.

beats™ slice: for only $299, watch this steak knife almost slice through this tomato...
 

Rogifan

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Will this supermodel be the face of Apple Watch?

Looks like this might be the face of :apple:Watch.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2014/10/02/liu-wen-face-of-apple-watch-model-rumours



The Chinese model shared a picture of herself trying on an Apple Watch accompanied by a leading caption, sparking whispers that she could be its first spokesmodel: "My second meeting with the Apple Watch, this time in Colette! The first time? Well, you'll see soon."

Liu is already a favourite of brands from Dolce & Gabbana and Hermès to Gucci and Chanel. In addition to being an Estee Lauder spokesmodel, she is also a Victoria's Secret catwalk model, and has previously modelled watches for Calvin Klein. She was joint third on Forbes's Supermodel Rich List for 2014, but the Apple job would surely send her earnings soaring for the coming year.
 

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I feel like if he DIDNT work on the watch he would say "No" .

The fact that he can't comment on it pretty much means he did work on it .
Not necessarily. he might be also working on something yet undisclosed (like iTV ) and they don't want to give any hints about it. Ive talks freely about working on the watch and it would be strange if Newson could not if that's all he is doing.
 

Tiger8

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Airbrushed photo!

Marc looks like 20 years younger than he actually is, and Jony looks 20 pounds lighter than he is :D

Good pic, nonetheless
 

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Would you buy a watch from these men?
Hmmm....
Well, since they're two of the most highly renowned industrial designers of our time & neither is a salesman... I think I'd rather buy a watch DESIGNED by them, than FROM them.
Though I suppose, if I had the money, and if either were selling off their personal watch collection- I (& any sane watch collector on this planet) would be VERY interested. I'm sure they own some stellar timepieces.

That sure was a weird hypothetical question btw...
Did you somewhere hear a rumor that these two are going to be selling watches at some point in the future, or just being snarky in a really dumb way??
 

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LOL, a gimmick hire in an attempt to drive interest in one of the stupidest products the company has made since the Pippin.
 

SmoMo

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Hmmm....
Well, since they're two of the most highly renowned industrial designers of our time & neither is a salesman... I think I'd rather buy a watch DESIGNED by them, than FROM them.
Though I suppose, if I had the money, and if either were selling off their personal watch collection- I (& any sane watch collector on this planet) would be VERY interested. I'm sure they own some stellar timepieces.

That sure was a weird hypothetical question btw...
Did you somewhere hear a rumor that these two are going to be selling watches at some point in the future, or just being snarky in a really dumb way??
I was just being snarky in a really dumb way.

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Why did you swap their faces?
It is the image compression algorithm I am testing, it makes incredibly small file size jpgs by storing only the simplest abstract representation of the entropy gradients.
Sometimes it goes a but too far and swaps elements around if it decided it has found a local minima in the energy distribution
 

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Marc looks like 20 years younger than he actually is, and Jony looks 20 pounds lighter than he is :D

Good pic, nonetheless
Not sure you're using "nonetheless" correctly.
It means like "despite the fact".
Unless you think they look BETTER old & fat, yet this photo is good "despite the fact" that they look young & slender... it makes no sense, sir.
 
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