Renowned French designer Philippe Starck has caused a stir amongst tech fans by revealing details of a “revolutionary” new Apple project that he says will be revealed in eight months time.

Internet news blog Mashable and technology news website CNET have both suggested that Starck could be talking about designs for a superyacht that he was supposedly working on with the late Apple-founder Steve Jobs and superyacht builers Feadship.

Starck told radio station France Info that “indeed there is a big project together which will be out in eight months” but that he was sworn to uphold Apple’s “religious cult of secrecy.”

Yacht A, by Philippe Starck

Could Philippe Starck be working on a revolutionary yacht like A?

According to biographer Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs enlisted the French designer to commence work on a family superyacht in 2009 and since then Starck has made regular trips to Cupertino to meet with Jobs’ wife Laurene to progress the project.

Starck’s designs for Jobs’ yacht are believed to be sleek and with 40-foot-long glass walls.

But is there any truth in the story? A spokesperson for Apple has denied Starck’s involvement with any current developments but hasn’t ruled out a private collaboration. Starck is an established international designer and has worked for Feadship on a number of other yachts including Wedge too and A, which both feature in our gallery of the 50 most beautiful superyachts ever built.

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