Apple Said to Release ‘Revolutionary’ Product in 8 Months

In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro (via HardMac), French product designer Philippe Starck claims that he is working on a revolutionary product in collaboration with Apple, set to be released in eight months. Unsurprisingly, Starck does not divulge any specific details about what he is working on with the Cupertino-based company, but HardMac believes that he is most likely working on a new remote control for the rumored Apple TV set.

If we had to bet, we would put our money on the revolutionary remote control that will be associated with the future Apple TV set. This is particularly in this area that innovation in design and ergonomic are needed, and Starck and his team are known for that.

If Starck is indeed working on a remote control for the purported Apple TV set, that means we most likely wouldn’t see the release of that television until at least December or January, based on the eight month timeline provided by the designer. Interestingly, the newspaper also notes that Starck met on a regular basis with Steve Jobs, which could indicate that he is working on something much more “revolutionary” than a remote:

“For seven years I came to see him once a month in Palo Alto and elsewhere Monday I go there, because even though he is dead, now I will see his wife. We liked to talk all things interesting,” said Starck.

When the new iPad was introduced, Tim Cook closed off the announcement event by promising lots more innovation from Apple in 2012. Cook also said that Apple will “blow our minds” this year at a recent shareholder meeting. With a new iPhone and new iPod touch, new MacBook Pros, and possibly the Apple television set coming our way in the near future, this year surely has a lot left to remain excited about.

[Hardmac via iClarified]

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