Jony Ive, the Apple design lead, recently stated that he took inspiration from the Stormtrooper armor in Star Wars when originally designing the their earbuds. And once you hear that it totally makes sense. The slick, white plastic outer shell is pretty much iconic with both Stormtroopers and Apple’s earbuds.
Even more interesting is that the inspiration swings both ways. J.J. Abrams apprently took cues directly from the Apple team when designing the Kylo Ren lightsaber for episode 7. Specifically they suggested the flickering blade that has become almost as iconic as the trooper armor itself.
You can file this under “useless but interesting news”