A YACHT ordered by the late Steve Jobs has made its first public appearance in the Netherlands, showing off modernist design that has always been a feature of Apple's products.
Jobs' yacht named Venus reportedly was designed by Phillipe Starck, and judging by a video that appeared on Dutch Apple website One More Thing, it is unmistakably a Starck design sporting clean lines and largely uninterrupted surfaces. The yacht, which measures 70m to 80m, was unveiled in front of Jobs' family, who handed the ship's builders an Ipod Shuffle with the ship's name etched on the back.
From One More Thing's tour of the vessel, the wheel house is equipped with seven Imacs, though it is not clear whether they have been modified internally and are merely being used as displays or are actually running mission critical software on consumer hardware. Aside from external shots of Venus, there is very little information on the yacht's internals, though it is unlikely to be decorated like a student bedsit, given that Jobs' was reported in his biography to have overseen parts of the design.
While Jobs has not been able to enjoy the yacht himself, the vessel would put him in the company of Larry Ellison, Eric Schmidt and Paul Allen, who reportedly spends $20m a year servicing his $200m yacht named Octopus. µ