RUMOR: Mystery Apple ‘Media Cube’ photo and info surfaces

Okay, this one’s totally out of the blue, but we’ll post it to see what you think – and because it looks kind of cool and mysterious.

Early this morning MacDailyNews received a blurry photo and a brief bit of text from an anonymous source.

The text that was included with the photo:

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.

That’s all we know. Obviously, this could be a fake, but on the off chance that it’s not, we’ll post it for Photoshop experts to pick apart (example). Unfortunately, this is the best quality image we have of this mystery cube.

What do you think? Is Steve Jobs going to try the “cube thang” again? Is this what’s coming next at next Tuesday’s special media event (see related article)? Or it is just a fake?

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Related article:
Apple to hold special media event next Tuesday – February 21, 2006


  1. I’d like this to be true, but it looks like a cardboard box to me, and the logo on the top looks distorted. Why do insiders always have the crappiest cameras? I’d like to see the “spy shots” be in focus someday.

  2. Tera finally gets her tablet Mac. Think wireless iBook cut in half with a touch screen and iSight camera. Woo hoo!

    Or, maybe I’ll finally get my Airport Express AV. Then I can plug in my Mac to my TV via wireless.

    Or, maybe it’s just a new Intel-based Mac mini…

    Or, maybe it’s the new Media Mac; wireless, Intel audio/video in/out

    Or, maybe it’s the new VOIP iPhone

    Or, maybe it’s the new iTunes iPhone (1000 songs)

    Or, maybe it’s a new audio video input/output device


    Whew. I’m dizzy.

    Tera Patricks

  3. As a photographer and Photoshop retoucher, I have to questioon the authenticity of this photo. As far as the point of only having 30 seconds to photograph it, I believe that. It must have been a quick shot because the perspecive is off and its out of focus. But, I believe that was the intention, to trick us into believing it was real. The Apple logo looks fake (I don’t see the stem) and the shadows on the front don’t portray real lighting, because the light source is coming from the left, yet the object is brighter in the front. The message along with the photo- “there are a bunch of ports (and maybe a button or two)” makes me sceptical. Anyone who knows of this site or reads this site, would know what kind of ports are on the back. The overall size is too big, why make something this big, when you already have a Mac mini? But, if I’m wrong, and this is for real…. expect this to be a new Mac Mini on Steroids with an Intel VIIV chip, DVR capabilities, and 3 internal hard drives for massive recording and downloading storage. We’ll see.

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