All You Need To Know About Apple Campus 2 – In Pictures

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Sustainability is a key theme of Apple's forthcoming Apple 2 campus
Sustainability is a key theme of Apple's forthcoming Apple 2 campus

Did you know that the new Apple Campus 2 “spaceship” is wider across than the Empire State Building is tall? It’s going to cost 60 times more than the Pentagon did back in 1943, too. Heck, you’ll be able to cram up to 35 jetliners full of passengers in its rounded confines without breaking a sweat.

The Cupertino City Council unanimously approved Apple’s plans for the tech company’s a couple of weeks ago, after a long, heartfelt public comment session.

We thought it would be great, then, to take a look at some of the details of the new campus, set to finish construction in 2016.

It's big. Like, Pentagon big.
It’s big. Like, Pentagon big.

The proposed Apple Campus 2 is huge. Apple plans to put a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, 11,000 parking spaces, 2,000 bike parking spaces, 2.8 million square feet of office space, and a 100,000-square-foot lab. Oh, and a restaurant. All of this in four stories, housing 12,000 employees.

The Pentagon, in contrast, which itself was completed in 1943, has 3.7 million square feet of office space, is seven floors tall, and houses 25,000 people.

A lot of krill, and a lot of oil, really.
A lot of krill, and a lot of oil, really.

The Apple Campus 2 will have a 1,522 foot diameter, which means the Empire State Building could comfortably lie down somewhere inside its massive circular footprint. Heck, a T1-class Supertanker could fit in there, as well, with its 1,246 foot length, and you’d have to get somewhere around seven or eight blue whales–the largest known mammal on Earth–just to get across half of the diameter of the new Apple Campus. That’s a lot of krill.

I'd pick sunny California, too.
I’d pick sunny California, too.

The spaceship campus has plans to hold 12,000 employees within it’s solar-panel-using, green technology hallowed halls, which would fill something like 160 double-decker buses, or 35 Boeing 747 jets. The Apple folks will have it easier, as they’ll at least be able to get nice food there, and a much less foggy view in Cupertino than in London.

Beam me up, Ivey.
Beam me up, Ivey.

Of course, no look at anything tech-related is complete without a comparison to a fictional starship, and since we’ve been calling this the spaceship campus since Steve Jobs unveiled the design two years ago, it seemed fitting to see how it stacks up against the USS Enterprise. Unfortunately for trekkies, the new Apple Campus 2 has a diameter quite a bit larger than the original Gene Roddenberry creation.

Nice salaries, folks.
Nice salaries, folks.

The city of Cupertino itself, home not only to Apple founders Woz and Jobs but also author Raymond Carver and actor Aaron Eckhart, only has around five times the population as will work in the Apple Campus 2. Interestingly, the median income of Cupertino-based Apple employees is a bit lower than that of Cupertino in general, but perhaps that’s just a function of how much larger the city is than the building. Which, to be honest, doesn’t seem to be that much of a news item. It is, however, funny that a .27 square mile building can cause the kind of traffic jams that the city of 11.26 square miles seems to be mostly worried about.

Image: City Of Cupertino

Google Glass User Gets A Ticket For ‘Driving With Monitor Visible To Driver’

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A Google Glass user in California may have become the first to get a ticket for using the wearable while driving. Cecilia Adabie was stopped by a Highway Patrol officer last night then summoned to the superior court for “driving with monitor visible to driver.”

The ticket has sparked debate over whether or not it should be legal to use Google Glass while behind the wheel.

The Best Shots Of OS X Mavericks’ Real Life Inspiration [Gallery]

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Rather than trying to invent some new big game cats to name the next version of OS X after, Apple has decided to start naming OS X after places in California which have inspired the company.

The first location Apple has used as inspiration for OS X is Mavericks, CA, an infamous surf spot in Northern California where waves routinely crest at 25 feet.

Here are some of the best shots of the place that inspired OS X Mavericks:

Apple Ditches The Cat, Unveils ‘OS X Mavericks’ [WWDC 2013]

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Apple’s software guy, Craig Federighi, joked about calling the next version of OS X “Sea Lion” today at WWDC. He said the company didn’t want to delay the release due to a “lack of cat names.”

So instead, Apple is taking a new direction. Cat names are no more. Now OS X will be named after aspects of California, the state where Apple is based.

“We went to our backyard” for OS X 10.9, said Federighi. Enter OS X Mavericks.