Apple has been a loyal supporter of AIDs research, having been able to donate over $65 million since time immemorial. Apple's top designer, Jony Ive, is no different either. Teaming up with Australian industrial designer Marc Andrew and German optics company, Leica Camera, Ive worked on a special camera called the Leica M. And it will be auctioned at Southeby’s on November 23rd.
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Leica says that the main goal of the auction is to raise money for The Global Fund which aims to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Leica M for (RED), as it is called, features a full-format CMOS sensor and a Leica APO-Summicron –M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens. As if to laud Ive's fascination with aluminum, the camera features a laser-machined aluminum body. It took 85 days, 1000 parts, and 561 protoype models to create the final version of the camera.