Apple's Jony Ive to design a single Leica

The famous consumer electronics designer will create a limited-edition version of the Leica M.

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Leica's known for putting out limited editions of its cameras, drafted by high-profile designers or for luxury retailers — Hermes, Audi and Neiman Marcus versions come to mind — but the company's entering new fanboy territory by enlisting the creator of Apple's current signature looks, Sir Jony Ive, to create a single limited edition of the new Leica M.

The camera will go up for charity auction in collaboration with U2's Bono.

The Leica M is the company's just-announced 24-megapixel CMOS-based rangefinder, its first to incorporate Live View and video; some might say it's the most digital of Leica's home-grown digital cameras (not counting the ones joint-developed with Panasonic), making it an appropriate choice for what I believe is Leica's first consumer-electronics-designer collaboration. It seems like a good match: for photography, Leica fans rival Apple's in their enthusiasm for shiny devices and have long shown a distinct willingness to part with large sums of money as individuals, as opposed to en masse. Also, the choice will engender a huge amount of buzz on consumer electronics blogs, expanding Leica's audience. Design work hasn't begun, but I'm sure there'll be a lot of concept art to keep you entertained while we breathlessly await the official unveiling.


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