First Shots of the Steve Jobs Theater Headline Latest Apple Park Drone Footage

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

The latest footage of the construction of Apple’s new Apple Park campus is up. In addition to some breathtaking views of the building’s architecture and surroundings, we get our first look at the top level of the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1,000-seat auditorium named in honor of the company’s visionary founder where Apple will hold future meetings and product events. Also keep an eye out for all of those solar panels that, when complete, will comprise one of the largest on-site solar power installations in the world.

Apple Maps Adds 3D View for Apple Park Campus

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Maps is making it easier to pretend like you’re flying your own drone over Apple Park because now it offers a 3D view of the campus. Just search for “Apple Park” in Maps and do a two-finger swipe up to switch to 3D view. Now you can swipe and twist around to see the structures and landmarks, including the giant ring-shaped main building. It’s not quite the same as actually going there, but it’s still cool to see the campus from the perspective you want.

Apple Maps Adds 3D View for Apple Park Campus

Stevie Wonder Plays Apple's Beer Bash, Here's Tim Cook's Tweet

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Tim Cook hugs Stevie Wonder at Apple's 2017 Beer Bash

Apple brought Stevie Wonder in to play the company’s Beer Bash this week, and Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted an image of him hugging the artist onstage. The concert capped a week of activities highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Mr. Wonder, who is blind, has long endorsed Apple because of the company’s extensive accessibility features in macOS and iOS. Apple often brings in big names for its Beer Bash, a long tradition for the company. This is likely to be of the Beer Bashes is held at Infinite Loop, as the company begins moving into Apple Park in the next few weeks. 9to5Mac rounded up some additional tweeted imaged from the event.

Chat Tipping in China, Thoughts on Apple Park - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-18

· Bryan Chaffin · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple has reportedly blocked in-app tipping in Chinese chat apps, and Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to talk about it. They also talk about John Martellaro’s thesis that Apple Park celebrates the employee.

Thoughts On The Apple Mothership: Celebration of the Employee

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Drone footage shows nearly complete main building at Apple Park campus

Steven Levy has written a stellar article at Wired about his tour of the new Apple campus, Apple Park, aka The Mothership. The focus is on the design details inspired by Steve Jobs and the building as “Steve’s gift.” John read the article and has some follow-on thoughts to offer.

Tim Cook Charity Auction Raises Record $688K

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Tim Cook’s 2017 charity auction for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights set a record Tuesday when it closed at $688,999. That’s more than the $605,00 a coffee date with Mr. Cook fetched in 2013, and well north of the $515,000 Mr. Cook’s auction raised in 2016. Charitybuzz, which conducted the auction, shows the “lot” of Mr. Cook closed, but MacRumors caught the action at the end, when it hit $688,999 with 30 bids. Mr. Cook has used his fame as Apple CEO to raise money for the RFK Center since 2013, but this is the first year the resulting hour with Mr. Cook will take place in the brand new Apple Park. Congrats to the winner!

Tim Cook Charity Auction Raises Record $688K

See Apple Park Finishing Touches in New 4K Drone Video

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Park (a.k.a.the spaceship campus) is nearing completion. The newest Apple Park drone video from Matthew Roberts (via Mac Rumors) shows some of the finishing touches construction workers are making to the facility. It’s set to open in a few weeks, and it looks amazing. Check it out.

Mid-April Drone Footage Shows Apple Park 'Finishing Touches'

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is working hard on finishing Apple Park, the so-called spaceship HQ. It’s expected to open in the next several weeks, and new drone footage from YouTuber Duncan Sinfield shows what he called “finishing touches.” There are shots of the trees being planted, inside work through the glorious windows, and more. It’s an excellent look at just how far Apple Park has come since an ailing Steve Jobs pitched it to the Cupertino City Council.

Apple to Unveil 10.5-inch iPad at Steve Jobs Theater in April

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple launching its 10.5-inch iPad at Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in April

Apple’s new iPad launch event is coming in April instead of March, and it’ll happen at the company’s new Apple Park campus. The media event will give us our first look at Apple’s rumored 10.5-inch iPad model, according to the latest rumors.

9 New Facts about Apple Park

· Bryan Chaffin · News

TMO Drone Shot of Apple Campus 2.0

We learned some new factoids about Apple Park—formerly known as Apple Campus 2.0—courtesy of The San Jose Mercury News. In coverage to the South Bay Transportation Officials Association, Cupertino public works director Timm Borden and senior civil engineer David Stillman offered up nine things I didn’t know about Apple Park.

New Drone Footage Shows Nearly Complete Apple Park

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple announced last week its spaceship campus is named Apple Park, and will open in April. Now, only days later, we get to see new drone footage showing the nearly complete facility. The new drone flyover shows the main ring-shaped building with its finished solar panel roof, and construction still underway on other structures. Landscaping is coming along, as are the two miles of trails winding through the park. Matthew Roberts shot the video showing Apple Park’s current state as of the end of February, and the entire campus is looking more impressive every day.

Frolic in the Apple Park, Rumors for iPad and Apple Watch - ACM 399

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple announced the name of what we used to call Apple Campus 2.0—now it’s Apple Park. Bryan and Jeff chew on the name for a while, and discuss what we might expect when it opens in April. They also pore over Apple Watch 3 rumors and the news that a key supplier will stop making Apple Watch displays. And somehow they segue that into some new iPad and iPhone rumors.