Steve Jobs' 'iYacht' revealed in new pics

Steve Jobs's secret yacht
Steve Jobs's secret yacht   

Unlike most of the products designed by the late Steve Jobs, his yacht has remained largely under wraps.

The 256-foot boat, called Venus, was designed during the end of Jobs' life and construction was halted during his illness. As he told biographer Walter Isaacson, "I know that it's possible I will die and leave (my wife) Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."

The boat was launched in 2012, after Job's death. When it sailed from Feadship's Koninklijke De Vries shipyard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, where it was built, some images were released but they weren't that detailed.

Now, some more pics have emerged—taken with an iPhone, of course.

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A side view of the Steve Jobs' Venus yacht.
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A side view of the Steve Jobs' Venus yacht.

Beth Colt, owner of the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, was vacationing in the British Virgin Islands and spotted the boat while on a sailing trip. She snapped some pictures with her iPhone and posted them on Instagram, where they have quickly gone viral.

We still don't have any interior shots, which is, insiders say, where the real beauty of Venus lies. But the photos give the best sense yet of how the Jobs' aesthetic was applied to a yacht. It's simple, clean and elegant.

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Jobs designed the boat with Philippe Starck, the famed French architect and designer who also conceived the yacht A for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. Hence the similar hull shapes and the knifelike bow.

The boat has a main living area with walls of glass that are 40 feet long and 10 feet high. And much of the boat can be controlled with Apple's iPad.

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The stern of Steve Jobs' Venus. Insiders say its real beauty is inside the yacht.
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The stern of Steve Jobs' Venus. Insiders say its real beauty is inside the yacht.
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