Apple builds massive side stage for iPhone 6 event

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Apple’s constructing a secret side structure for its upcoming iPhone unveiling. Photo: MacRumors

Apple just made its September 9 iPhone/iWatch event official by sending out press invites that revealed pretty much nothing other than the date of the event. To add to the mystery of what could be an Apple double-feature, with both the iPhone 6 and the iWatch taking the stage, one MacRumors reader at Woz’s alma mater noticed that Apple is already building a massive side stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts.

“Apple has been building a massive structure on the campus, which has been kept under tight wraps with a white barricade… [It] appears to span three stories and is protected by ‘scads’ of security people. Administrators had previously declined to comment on what the structure is for, stating only ‘We are not at liberty to discuss that due to client wishes.'”

The choice of location is interesting given its Apple history. The Flint Center is where Steve Jobs debuted the first Mac in 1984, and the building houses the main theater for De Anza College, where Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak went to school. From a practical perspective, the Flint Center seats a lot more people than Apple’s usual venue, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, making the purpose of the side structure even more intriguing.

Here’s another set of images from Jim at The Loop:
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Invitations sent by Apple this morning simply read “Wish we could say more.” Apple is expected to have one of its best product pipelines in 25 years primed for the last half of 2014. The September 9 event is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, which will reportedly come in two larger sizes and include an improved camera, a faster A8 processor, a sapphire glass display, NFC mobile payments and some new sensors. The iWatch, or whatever Apple’s long-rumored wearable is called, is also expected to appear at the event, though the smartwatch might not be available until a few months later.

  • Supermatic

    This is gonna be big. From my perspective, this venue has seen some of the MOST innovative and secretive Apple products in their history. My bet is that the real surprise is not the new iPhone, the widely speculated iWatch, or even a larger iPad. It’s something completely new and advanced. I have 2 personal favorite thoughts. One, that the larger iPad isn’t an iPad at all, but is instead a 2 in 1, much like the Microsoft Surface (with the obvious exception of being done right), or two, a SmartHome concept. Both sound far-fetched, but I’m sure that we’re gonna see something that makes our jaws drop in unison.

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