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Apple to open $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas


Austin campus
Apple's existing campus in Austin.
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Apple will open a new 133-acre campus in Austin, Texas — approximately 1,500 miles from its Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino.

The $1 billion headquarters will initially house 5,000 employees, although this number will eventually expand to 15,000 people. Apple also plans new sites in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, California.

Steve Jobs Theater wins award for ‘structural artistry’


Steve Jobs Theater
Steve Jobs theater, a true and fitting monument.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

The Steve Jobs Theater has earned an award for Structural Artistry from The Institute of Structural Engineers.

Located on the Apple Park campus and opened last September, the theater received recognition for being the largest structure in the world solely supported by glass, and for the way in which pipes and other systems have been integrated into its roof.

Apple exploring options in case its proposed U.K. campus is delayed


Apple's proposed U.K. campus will be located in the iconic Battersea Power Station.
Photo: Alberto Pascual/Wikipedia CC

Apple is making contingency plans in the event that its proposed giant U.K. campus in London’s iconic Battersea Power Station is delayed.

According to a new report, Apple is coming up with backup options “just in case” it is impossible to realize the creation of the new campus by December 2020, as planned.

Apple is finally starting to move 12,000 of its employees to Apple Park


Apple leases new offices near to Apple Park
Apple's spectacular campus is finally open to business.
Photo: Duncan Sinfield

With Apple Park now completed, Apple employees are finally moving into the company’s brand new sprawling campus — although it won’t happen all at once.

Given the size of the building, which can hold 12,000 employees, the city of Cupertino has issued Apple a series of temporary occupancy permits allowing employees to move into selected parts of the main building.

Jony Ive talks earbuds inspired by stormtroopers, Apple Park


AirPods EarPods
Ive had the dark side in mind while designing Apple earbuds.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Jony Ive has revealed that the company’s iconic white earbuds were inspired by Star Wars stormtroopers.

In a new interview, in which he also talks at length about Apple Park, the Apple design chief describes how he had the dark side in mind while creating them for the iPod.

Satellite footage shows Apple Park’s evolution over time


Apple hQ
Apple's massive HQ has come a long way in the past two years.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s enormous $5 billion Apple Park campus has come a long way in the past two years, as a new video makes clear.

Taken by Planet Labs, a company with the goal of selling high-resolution satellite imaging, it depicts construction on the new headquarters from September 2015 through the present day. Check it out below.

Google’s $1 billion London HQ is absolutely ostentatious


Google's new London HQ will be a behemoth.
Google's new London HQ will be a behemoth.
Photo: Google

Google has no plans to move out of London following Brexit. In fact, the search giant is building a brand new headquarters in Kings Cross that’s going to cost well over $1 billion.

It’s no Spaceship campus, but under renders suggest it will be incredibly ostentatious, with its own swimming pool, basketball court, running track, and more.

Why Apple Park is Steve Jobs’ final project


Steve Jobs, creator of the iPad and created on the iPad.
Steve Jobs played a major part in developing Apple Park.
Photo: Jeremy Martin

Apple’s epic Apple Park campus is more or less complete, and it’s celebrated in a great new Wired cover story, written by one of the best Apple journalists out there.

In the article, Steven Levy — who has had the inside scoop on Apple since the 1980s, and written two great books (The Perfect Thing and Insanely Great) on the company — makes a great argument that Apple Park is nothing less than the final product of Steve Jobs himself.

Here’s why: