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Apple plans to build a Texas-size hotel on its Austin campus


Apple expects the facility to open in 2022.
Photo: Apple

The $1 billion Apple campus under construction in Austin will reportedly include a six-story hotel.

There’ll eventually be room for 15,000 employees in the extensive collection of buildings that are going up now in Texas. Adding this hotel allows visitors to stay on site.

Apple will pay hourly contract workers during COVID-19 shutdown


Apple Park
Apple HQ is a ghost town during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

Janitors, landscapers, bus drivers and other contract hourly workers at Apple’s campus in Cupertino and other buildings will still get paid during work stoppages related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple CEO reassured retail employees earlier this month that they would still get paid while stores are closed, but there was some concern that other hourly workers’ pay would be eliminated. That’s not true though according to an Apple spokesperson who said the checks will still be flowing.

Check out the ‘Apple Gray’ bikes at the new spaceship campus


Apple leases new offices near to Apple Park
Walking around Apple Park will take you a while.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

Getting around the 175 acres of Apple Park has been made a little bit easier for employees thanks to a fleet of new bicycles on the new Apple campus. And in true Apple fashion, the design of the bikes is very minimalist.

Video of the all-chrome bicycles surfaced online this week after someone visited Apple’s campus. Over 1,000 of the shiny bikes can be found on campus with 2,000 parking spots.

Here’s what the bikes look like.

Trump thanks Tim Cook for Apple’s $350 billion bonanza


President Trump: Apple encryption could protect ‘criminal minds’
President Trump: Apple encryption could protect ‘criminal minds’
Photo: Bloomberg

Tim Cook finally earned some praise from long-time foe Donald Trump today, thanks to Apple’s plan to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years.

Trump went so far as to call Tim Cook “a great guy” during a speech at a factory in Pennsylvania today while talking about Apple’s investment into the U.S.

Jony Ive talks iPhone X and Apple Park in new interview


Apple Park Close up
Hundreds of trees are being planted at Apple HQ.
Photo: Apple

The iPhone X will gain new functionality over the next year, according to Apple design boss Jony Ive.

In a new interview with design magazine Wallpaper, Ive discussed the challenges of designing in an age when products can be unfixed and fluid. With the edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone X, Apple’s now creating objects that don’t even look like they were designed, which is exactly what excites Ive.

Drone flyover shows off a bustling Steve Jobs Theater


Steve Jobs Theater
The Steve Jobs Theater is the site or next week's iPhone 8 event.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

A spectacular new drone flyover video of Apple’s enormous Apple Park campus shows off employees gathered at the new Steve Jobs Theater, where next week’s iPhone 8 keynote is scheduled to be held.

While it doesn’t give any spoilers away about what we can expect from the event, it’s the best look we’ve yet received at the new location for media events, all courtesy of drone photographer extraordinaire, Duncan Sinfield. Check it out below.

Apple issues $1 billion green bond to fight climate change


Can solar farms feed yaks?
Yak-friendly solar farms are one of Apple's big green projects.
Photo: Apple

Apple is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to fighting climate change.

This morning, the iPhone maker issued a new $1 billion bond on with a special rule that proceeds raised from the bond sale will go towards investment in renewable energy projects.