Apple's 'revolutionary' new product is ... a yacht?

Last updated 10:29 16/04/2012
Philippe Starck
LOOSE LIPS: Philippe Starck caused a media frenzy when he let it slip he was working on the top secret Apple project.

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This post was originally published on Mashable.

World-famous French designer Philippe Starck told a French radio station that he's working on a "revolutionary" secret Apple project that will surface in eight months.

The designer said that he couldn't reveal more details because of Apple's "religious cult of secrecy."

Apple flatly denied Starck's involvement with any of its upcoming products while rumors about the project flew wild.

Some speculated Starck could be involved with an Apple TV, others suggested that he's working on a new Parisian Apple Store.

The answer, it appears, seems to be out to sea: Jobs commissioned Starck to design a "sleek and minimalist" yacht with 40-foot-long glass walls.

The pair met in Cupertino, California on a monthly basis to talk about the ship, according to Jobs' official biography.

However, neither Apple nor the alleged maker of the yacht, Netherlands-based Feadship, are commenting on the plans. They do, however, match Jobs' penchant for simple yet beautiful design and engineering.

French newspaper Le Figaro reported that Starck is planning on staying in touch with Jobs' widow Laurene, possibly to finish work on the ship.

However, the designer hasn't confirmed that the yacht is the "revolutionary" project to which he was referring on the radio broadcast.

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