Return Of The Cube? (FAKE)

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MacDailyNews posted a blurry user-submitted photo of what appears to be an Apple-branded aluminum cube. Text that included the photo submission read as following:
I was only able to snap one quick shot of this as I was only in there for about 30 seconds. I sort of stumbled upon it - can't say more about how or why. I only got about half a sec to look around back - there are a bunch of ports (and maybe a button or two) neatly arranged on the back (?) of the cube in a line along the bottom edge. It's about 8-inches square and 8-inches tall - a perfect cube. It seems to be made out of a similar material as a Power Mac - aluminum perforated with a round hole pattern, but they're smaller holes than found on a Power Mac. The top is the same material as the sides with the addition of the Apple logo, even though it doesn't look like it in the photo - I had to snap it quick, sorry.

I don't have any real detail on exactly what it's designed to do, but I know from other things I can't mention that it's media-related. Apple "Media Cube," maybe? Anyway, thought you guys would be interested.
Rumors of the reemergence of the cube come and go over time, and this is not a substantiation of this rumor. It is simply posted her for interest's sake.
 

Superdrive

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Not nearly as nice looking as the original Cube. I think they'd be better off letting it rest in peace. Also, am I the only one that is tired of the metals? There is just something about the plastics that makes them that much more versatile...

Edit: At least it will take a lot more to melt the metal than the plastic.
 

Josh396

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I think another fake. When they have the mini as small as they do, why would they make something so much bigger? Also, there isn't a DVD drive. Someone could have put a little more work into it to make it more believable.
 

Gasu E.

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Hoax. You can tell without even looking at the picture, just from the tone of the cover note. Overly forced sense of drama. Look at all those dashes; nobody writes like that in real-life, unless they are trying to craft atmospheric fiction.
 

dejo

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It seems to be made out of a similar material as a Power Mac - aluminum perforated with a round hole pattern, but they're smaller holes than found on a Power Mac. The top is the same material as the sides with the addition of the Apple logo, even though it doesn't look like it in the photo
Man, those must be really, really small holes cuz I don't see a one.
 

zap2

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that what you said about the original Cube!!!:D

Kind looks the upgrade Mini(DVR, 3.5Hard Drive ect)

I hope its real, i want the cube back!
 

amholl

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Too boxy for Apple, IMO. I say just make the current mini case taller if they want more room for storage etc.
 

Peyton

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This isn't hardware software or anything like it. Its a design award given to Delicious monster (among others) last year for different products. Sorry, I forget the actual event name, but I promise that's what it is.

When you pick it up, the apple logo lights up. It knows when its been held and that's the design feature of it. There's also a black partner to this silver version. I don't know if that's really aluminum.
 

clayj

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Josh396 said:
Also, there isn't a DVD drive.
That's the most damning evidence that this is a fake... you can put every other port and control on the back, but there's gotta be somewhere for DVDs and CDs to go in to the machine.

UNLESS, of course, it's designed to work completely as a dedicated media machine, like the TiVo... you could download new programs and stuff off the web and never have to use any external media.
 

Arclite

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I think Peyton is correct. It looks like an Apple Design Award. However, Peyton's description is a little off.

The ADA has a silver cube for first and a white (not black) counterpart for second.

It's been given out multiple years, not just last year.

It's handed out at the annual WWDC.

More information can be found at http://developer.apple.com/ada/.
 

Ja Di ksw

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why is it these pics are always blurry? Seriously, most pictures I take (by far) aren't blurry, even if I take them in a hurry, yet most of these rumor pics are. Yet we're suppose to believe them?
 

1984

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Ja Di ksw said:
why is it these pics are always blurry? Seriously, most pictures I take (by far) aren't blurry, even if I take them in a hurry, yet most of these rumor pics are. Yet we're suppose to believe them?
Because if it was in focus it would be too easy to prove it's a fake. ;)
 

tk421

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MacDailyNews said:
I don't have any real detail on exactly what it's designed to do, but I know from other things I can't mention that it's media-related.
Why would this person be afraid to mention these so-called other things? They've already snapped a photo they shouldn't have and posted it on the internet. If you're gonna break a non-disclosure agreement, why not go all the way? I say it's fake.
 

dongmin

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Ja Di ksw said:
why is it these pics are always blurry? Seriously, most pictures I take (by far) aren't blurry, even if I take them in a hurry, yet most of these rumor pics are. Yet we're suppose to believe them?
They're blurry, obviously, because the photographer took this photo from his eyeglass camera (see Mission: Impossible) on the move as he was being escorted out by Apple security. He had to check his camera phone at the door of this super duper secret Apple lab as he was delivering his pizza.

raster said:
Why waste out time with crap like this
Hey, lighten up! It's fuuuunny.
 

zapp

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Story reminds me of the one about the Mac Plasma TV. The secrecy and I would tell you more but... stuff And of course just walking around the HQ's and popping into a conference room, yeah that would happen, and look a new product sitting on the table why don't I take a blurry picture so no one will believe me.
 
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