Drone captures first look at Apple's new "spaceship" campus

By Shawn Knight ยท 21 replies
Sep 1, 2014
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  1. It’s been nearly a year since the Cupertino City Council approved Apple’s plans to build a massive new campus not too far from the company’s current headquarters. Since that time, we’ve heard nary a whisper about the project’s progress thanks largely in part to Apple’s efforts to keep curious eyes out of the construction site.

    That all changed recently as YouTuber jmcminn strapped a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition camera onto his DJI Phantom 2 drone to capture some aerial footage of the progress being made to Apple’s new campus.

    What’s immediately noticeable is the sheer size of the campus. Sure, you may have seen drawings and renderings of the spaceship-like structure and its surroundings but this clip really puts it all into perspective.

    We can clearly see that the entire area has been cleared, much of the perimeter wall is already in place and crews have already laid out a few sections of flooring. Aside from that, there’s still a ton of work left to do over the coming year.

    In one of his last public appearances before his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally pitched the idea of the new campus to the Cupertino City Council. The 176-acre campus will accommodate 14,200 employees and will be surrounded by an abundance of green space. The $5 billion project is expected to be ready by mid-2016.

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  2. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    See I recon they are secretly building an actual spacecraft underneath the building (thinking of that show doomsday preppers)
  3. Snowden

    Snowden TS Member Posts: 68   +31

    This isn't really being built by Apple - the NSA has teamed up with the Grey's (yes, they really have been here since the industrial revolution ie 'They Live').

    If you look at the shape of the doors you can clearly see that they are designed for 'non-humans'.
    noel24 likes this.
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    Looks bloody impressive already!
    amstech likes this.
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Meanwhile, in the already completed secret lab thirty levels underground, Steve plots a comeback (and staff cuts) while overseeing his latest diversity hire...

  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,340   +1,435

    It is amazing what the profits of overworked Chinese children can buy....
    H3llion and noel24 like this.
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Apple and Hon Hai probably see Chinese children as "Age and height challenged entry-level skilled trainees" - that's three disabilities confronted right there.
    SalaSSin likes this.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557


    OK, so they sanded off the corners of Eastern State Penitentiary, and reinvented the wheel.

    They never seem to include them in their diversity stats. I wonder why?
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    That would make it the Apple iPanopticon?
    If you add Hon Hai's 1,000,000+ workforce to the demographic I'm figuring Apple wouldn't want it's minority middle-aged male WASP employees to feel uncomfortable.

    I feel the actual story seems to missing the larger point. A drone managed to successfully overfly Apple territory without being shot down.
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  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,732   +3,703


    True diversity, where age is not discredited.
    Did you see anyone working? Proves my theory that Apple employees live in a whole different dimension.
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  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Indeed it would! It would also make the employees, "iNmates".
    Tim Cook could fill a void in the children's lives. A sort of cross between a, "Great White Father", and Chairman Mao. All that's left is to get them all reading a little red book with the "Apple" logo on the front titled, "The Press Release Quotations of Chairman Tim".
    The phaser turrets should be in place before anybody gets a chance to try a second flyover.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2014
  12. Did they build the campus by machining a (huge) single billet of aluminium too? just like other apple products? :D
  13. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 357   +203

    Hollywood celebrities probably already feel better, knowing their money is spent right.
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Reminds me of Mos Eisley.

    "Obi Wan : You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2014
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Nah, it's "Farpoint Station" from Star Trek Next Generation.

    Except in this case, Apple is sucking their energy from the entire Country of China.:oops:

    Here's the interior view: [​IMG]
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    I thought Apple drew it's energy from Hipster power - the renewable and ironic energy source?
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  17. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,379   +286

    These comments are priceless, thanks all, you made my morning! :D
    yRaz likes this.
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It should've been built on higher ground so that iExecs could gaze down upon their subjects grovelling all around them fighting for the crumbs from their table.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,732   +3,703

    It will be, they have to complete the dungeons first.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  20. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    For anyone who dares enter their domain with an Android or Windows device in their pocket.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Not true! If it were, they would have announced how, "we're paying for it solely with Bitcoin and funding from Kickstarter"..
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2014
  22. I'm more impressed by the drone camera and stability.

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