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In an interview with dezeen.com, designer and new Apple employee Marc Newson spoke about his latest project with Heineken while providing a little bit more insight into his new role at Apple. While we knew as of early last month that Newson, who happens to be a close friend of Apple design guru Jony Ive, was joining Apple, Newson confirmed in the interview that the position will only be part-time for a specific project.

When asked if he’d still be taking on projects other than at Apple, Newson said: “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.”

As for what exactly has been working on at Apple, you’ll have to get through PR first:

Newson did, however, talk a bit about his thoughts on the future of the watch industry: “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.”

His new draft beer machine for Heineken happens to look at a lot like a Mac Pro.

The interview with Newson is available to read in full here.

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