Many Apple fanatics will know the name Tony Fadell. Known by many as the “father of the iPod,” Fadell has gone on to start Nest Labs, famous for the Nest Thermostat and new Nest Protect systems. Well, according to tweets from photographer Kevin Abosch, Fadell is also the new owner of a PRODUCT(RED) Mac Pro and a pair of solid gold EarPods. Yes, the same red Mac Pro and gold EarPods from the auction that included multiple items from Jony Ive and Marc Newson.
Purchasing both put his bill somewhere in the $1.5 million range, with the Mac Pro going for $977,000 and the EarPods coming in at $461,000. A crazy amount of money, but for the cause and the person, it almost just seems fitting. According to the tweet from Abosch, Fadell was “already trying to hack it” when he got it.
The stock of the (RED) auction was designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson, who spoke about their experiences designing together in an interview, saying that they design similar because they “dislike the same things.” The auction included the Mac Pro and EarPods, as well as items such as a desk designed by Jony Ive, a Leica camera, a custom Range Rover, and many more items from other designers as well (44 in total). The auction pulled in an astounding $12,883,000, and because the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation said they’d match the earnings, the total amount comes out to $25,766,000.
What do you think? Find it ironic that the two Apple products were bought by the iPod inventor? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.