Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×
Businesses The Almighty Buck Apple Technology

Apple's New Spaceship Campus Gets a Name, Lifts Off In April (arstechnica.com) 106

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has been building its giant new "spaceship" campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, since December of 2013, and since then fans have paid obsessive attention to the structure. It gets buzzed by drones constantly, and the most popular YouTube videos of the building in progress have amassed well over half-a-million views apiece. The company announced today that the campus will be open to employees starting in April and that the building and environs now have a name: Apple Park. Apple says that moving the 12,000 employees who will work at the campus will take more than six months, and landscaping and construction on some buildings won't be done until the summer. The new campus mostly replaces the university-style Infinite Loop campus Apple has used since 1993, though Apple has said that it will also be keeping the older buildings. The new campus' cost has been estimated at around $5 billion. Apple will also be naming one space on the new campus after its founder and former CEO -- the Steve Jobs Theater will replace the current Town Hall event space that Apple sometimes uses for company meetings and product announcements, and it will open "later this year." The new space will be much larger (it will seat 1,000, compared to roughly 300 for the Town Hall), and the larger space will presumably allow Apple to launch more of its products on its campus rather than having to rent expensive event space in downtown San Francisco. The company is also moving its Worldwide Developers Conference closer to home this year -- it will return to San Jose after many years at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Apple's New Spaceship Campus Gets a Name, Lifts Off In April

Comments Filter:
  • by Misagon ( 1135 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @04:56PM (#53913623)

    I have said it before: the ring is a massive Reality Distortion Field Generator.

    Apple needs it more than ever, now that Jobs has been dead for five years.

    • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @05:01PM (#53913671)

      I have said it before: the ring is a massive Reality Distortion Field Generator.

      As per usual Apple is late to market with an inferior product.

      Apple Haters have been carrying around a small portable reality distortion generators with them for years that allows them to see Apple's growth as retraction. They appear to have a boundless power source and are so strong no reality is able to break through no matter how discordant the internal view becomes!

      • I have said it before: the ring is a massive Reality Distortion Field Generator.

        As per usual Apple is late to market with an inferior product.

        Apple Haters have been carrying around a small portable reality distortion generators with them for years that allows them to see Apple's growth as retraction. They appear to have a boundless power source and are so strong no reality is able to break through no matter how discordant the internal view becomes!

        So when did YOU turn into an Apple Hater?

        And yes, as with most large-scale construction. Projects, this one is a little late; but INFERIOR?!? Relative to WHAT? The Large Hadron Collider???

        • Not inferior, but perhaps a modern equivalent to the Spruce Goose.

          • Not inferior, but perhaps a modern equivalent to the Spruce Goose.

            I don't see the analogy.

            The Spruce Goose was a technologically-unsound (but it DID fly!) airplane that Howard Huge built as a testament to his ego. It was never really intended to be practical in a commercial sense.

            But when all is said and done, Apple Park is simply an office complex that employs a somewhat unconventional design for its main building (but no more so than many other unconventional-looking buildings around the world), deploying completely off-the-shelf technology for its power-source; but

    • maybe giga-VR ?
    • I have said it before: the ring is a massive Reality Distortion Field Generator.

      Apple needs it more than ever, now that Jobs has been dead for five years.

      Actually, you're wrong... on both counts. You see, it's actually a giant Stargate so that Jobs can return from his last super secret project, to build the iShip which is in fact a spaceship. Word is the controls are flat panels and there are zero buttons. There have been some issues with the controls exploding if the ship is damaged but that's the users fault for flying it wrong.

      • It hardly looks anything like an 80's rock album cover.
        ELO, Boston, Kansas and Journey did it better, stardust.
        • It hardly looks anything like an 80's rock album cover. ELO, Boston, Kansas and Journey did it better, stardust.

          That's because all they had to do was a 12 inch airbrush painting.

          • I wondered why big posters of them were so blurry. Clearly it's because they'd been enlarde by a factor of 2 or 3..

            It also explains why the posters became even worse after CDs came out.

            • I wondered why big posters of them were so blurry. Clearly it's because they'd been enlarde by a factor of 2 or 3..

              It also explains why the posters became even worse after CDs came out.

              And who knows if they even went back to the original artwork and optically-enlarged them? That would have been the best way to preserve any detail...

    • I have said it before: the ring is a massive Reality Distortion Field Generator.

      Apple needs it more than ever, now that Jobs has been dead for five years.

      I thought it was Job's mausoleum?

  • sign of decline (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Thud457 ( 234763 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @04:58PM (#53913643) Homepage Journal
    Isn't sinking 100s of millions into construction of a new corporate headquarters one the Fucked Company(tm) 6 common signs that a company is about to implode?
    • Re:sign of decline (Score:5, Informative)

      by known_coward_69 ( 4151743 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @05:16PM (#53913775)

      yeah, that $200 BILLION or whatever apple has stashed around the world these days is going to vanish next week and apple will go bankrupt

      • Well, I'm sure the dozens of billions of unpaid back taxes will be up for debate shortly.

    • Which member of the Park family, is Apple?

    • I don't know. Is it a better or a worse sign than spreading many thousands of employees around decrepit buildings which may or may not have costly leases and cause inefficiencies in the workplace?

    • Sometimes. Apple already has their 1 Infinite Loop building and then most of the office buildings nearby along De Anza and a few nearer the middle of town. They're pretty short on space. It makes sense for them to be building a new big building, and the cost difference between building a new boring building and a new shiny building is pretty small. This will let them move a bunch of people who need to collaborate into offices near each other, rather than having them spread across the various De Anza bui

    • Isn't sinking 100s of millions into construction of a new corporate headquarters one the Fucked Company(tm) 6 common signs that a company is about to implode?

      No.

      Not if those 5 Billion come from the 240 billion in cash that you have accumulated in earnings but selling product with revenues up to north of 30% (iPhone raw earnings are between 200$ and 250$ per device. Which is why Huawei, Google and Co. cry themselves to sleep at night.). Then 5 Billion for an attempt to build the worlds best office building i

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @05:05PM (#53913705)

    When the coming zombie hordes simply slide off the smooth exterior of the walls or flow around it like a pebble in a stream, you will be begging to be let inside the true sanctuary city Jobs has built.

    Guess who will be sad *they* didn't spend $40 on IAP that year...

    • by swb ( 14022 )

      I always wondered why a slope with an incline that gradually increased to vertical wasn't ever employed in zombie fiction forts. They would shamble forward until their center of mass shifted and then fall back.

      With the right slope contour, you could make it so they fell back pretty far.

      Another option would be a kind of blind curve, where they shamble in and then just shamble away on the other side.

      • I was also mulling this over in relation to the movie World War Z where (spoiler) zombies piled up against a wall until they got over the top...

        Even against an angled wall that would work after a while I imagine, as you packed in enough tipped over zombies. But against curved and angled wall it seems like it would take much longer to work as most of the mindlessly piling on zombies would slide to the sides, or possibly even the force of new incoming zombies pushing the zombies up against the surface of the

        • by swb ( 14022 )

          You can't really compete with the concept of WWZ zombies -- they're just too fast and aggressive, but I think nearly every other invocation of them would fall away from an elliptical wall.

          The other low-tech zombie fighting tool I've always wanted to see employed is a good old demining flail. These look like tanks with a combine attached on front, only the combine part is steel weights the size of melons attached to chains. They rotate and pound the ground to set off any mines.

          https://youtu.be/wf6CsvAffHo? [youtu.be]

  • by k6mfw ( 1182893 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @05:06PM (#53913709)
    I drive by this thing every day, it's big but not that big (at least how I perceive it). I read it is the size of the Pentagon (haven't researched or RTFA) but some reason the DOD building appears larger, or is it the shape? Also the Apple Saucer is surrounded by parking garages and walls.
    • Seems huge to me when I drive by. Easy to spot from a plane too. But I can't compare to Pentagon or DoD.

      Maybe wait for the walls to be removed ...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

  • Brilliant. It's not part of any country, I guess, so no tax money gonna be paid anywhere.

  • Terrible Name (Score:5, Informative)

    by Fire_Wraith ( 1460385 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @05:21PM (#53913805)
    That's a terrible name for a spaceship. Seriously, "Apple Park"?

    They should change it to something better, like "Very Little Gravitas Indeed".
  • Should have built a tower. That could be reused.
  • Apple Park - did you mean Orchard?
  • R&D (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rfengr ( 910026 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @05:35PM (#53913877)
    The R&D building is separate and much, much smaller. That does not bode well.
    • by swb ( 14022 )

      It doesn't take a lot of facilities and equipment to delete parts from the assembly.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      I see the didn't have the courage to remove the doors. Doesn't bode well.

    • Why doesn't it bode well? They are building miniature electronics, not airliners. What do you think an R&D team needs? Wind tunnels to check the corners of the iPhone have the correct roundness?

    • The R&D park is the Donut hole.

  • by sandbagger ( 654585 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2017 @06:05PM (#53914009)

    More's the pity.

    I want a full-sized Mac Pro tower with two ethernet ports, room for at least four drives and PCI cards. The iPad Pro may be great for people who live entirely in Google docs, but not for the rest of us.

  • Its an annular campus. Think, think...

  • Looks like they missed the chance to call it the "Apple Orchard".

    You'd think a company so focused on marketing could come up with something snappier than "Apple Park".

    Hell, even "The Apple Core" would've been better...

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.

Working...