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Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs’ yacht launches — without Steve


Steve Jobs' yacht was designed by Philippe Starck.
Steve Jobs' distinctive yacht was designed by Philippe Starck.
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October 28: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs' yacht launches -- without Steve October 28, 2012: More than a year after Steve Jobs’ death, the luxury yacht he commissioned is finally shown off for the first time, launched from a shipyard in North Holland.

Called Venus, the distinctive-looking yacht was one of the big personal projects Jobs pursued in his last years. As he told biographer Walter Isaacson, “I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”

Sadly, Jobs never lived to see the finished vessel.

iCaramba! Steve Jobs’ yacht narrowly avoids nasty scrape in the Caribbean


This is how the head of Apple ought to relax! Photo: Woods Hole Inn

From minor controversies like Antennagate to being kicked out of his own company and then returning triumphantly, Steve Jobs got out of plenty of tight squeezes in his life.

Now that he’s gone, it seems that that same spirit of near-misses and daring triumphs is left to Venus, Jobs’ 256-foot, $120 million super-yacht.

Having visited Montenegro, Palma, Gibraltar, Horta Azores and many other exotic locations since Jobs’ death in 2011, the yacht recently had a close call while passing through a bridge in Saint Martin, an island in the northeast Caribbean, approximately 185 miles east of Puerto Rico.

Check out the video after the jump.

Steve Jobs’ Yacht Spotted In Mexico [Exclusive]


(Credit: Felipe Cornejo)
(Credit: Felipe Cornejo)

Venus — the 256-foot super-yacht, commissioned by Steve Jobs — has been sighted in Ensenada, Baja California.

A coastal city in Mexico, on the Baja California Peninsula, Ensenada is a popular cruise ship destination. Photos of the vessel in dock were sent in by Cult of Mac reader Felipe Cornejo. Cornejo notes that he did not see any of Jobs’ family at the site, and that dock workers he spoke with weren’t aware this was Jobs’ boat.

Steve Jobs’ Luxury Yacht Spotted Sailing In Mexico


(Credit: Roberto Verde / Instagram)
(Credit: Roberto Verde / Instagram)

Venus — the 256-foot super-yacht, commissioned by Steve Jobs — has been sighted in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas bay.

Despite telling journalist John Markoff in 1980 that, “There’s no yacht in my future,” Jobs began working on building his dream sailing vessel around 2008 prior to his liver transplant. Jobs commissioned legendary French designer Philippe Starck to design the yacht, which cost more than €100 million to build, although Jobs died before he was able to use it.

iPhone 5 Captures Steve Jobs’s Super Yacht On Camera [Video]


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Want to see Steve Jobs’s new super-yacht up close and live in the riveted flesh? Well, here’s the next best thing: a vdeo taken by Amsterdam-best investor Michiel Frackers of the Venus, a vessel which will soon be leaving port after a misunderstanding about the terms of payment between Jobs’s family and the ship’s designer Phillipe Starck was resolved.

Steve Jobs’s Yacht Impounded As Designer Awaits $3.96 Million Fee



The yacht Steve Jobs was building before he passed away on October 2011 has been impounded over a €3 million (approx. $3.96 million) fee owed to designed Philippe Starck. Called Venus, the yacht cost Jobs more than €100 million to build, but he never got to use it. Now it will remain in Amsterdam port pending payment by lawyers representing Jobs’s estate.

What Steve Jobs’ Yacht Tells Us About His Design Process


Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson that he didn't want to leave wife Laurene with a half-built boat.
Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson that he didn't want to leave wife Laurene with a half-built boat.

A year after Steve Jobs’ passing, the yacht he had been working on with famed French designer Philippe Starck finally made it out to sea. Venus is a beautiful ship that conforms to all of Steve Jobs’ philosophies on minimalist design, and it reveals a lot about Steve Jobs’ design process. that took five years to build.

The entire project took five yeas to complete as Jobs and Starck perfected the design of the yacht millimeter by millimeter. In a recent interview, Philippe Starck explains what it was like to work on designing the yacht with Steve Jobs and what the design says about Jobs’ design process.

Watch The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun Today With The Help Of Your iPhone



You might have heard that today’s a pretty special day, astronomically speaking. Venus is in transit between Earth and the Sun today, which is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Today only, right before sunset in the United States, if you look up at the sun, you’ll be able to see the silhouetted Venus passing between us and our life-giving star. And due to the differences between Venus’s solar year and our own orbit around the Sun, you’ll have to wait a hundred years until this event happens again.

In other words, if you’re American, you don’t want to miss this if you have any curiosity about the heavens at all. And luckily, there’s an app that will help you make sure you don’t.