Jefferson Graham previews new features expected on the next iPhone, on #TalkingTech.
SAN FRANCISCO — iPhone, schm-iPhone.
What we all really want to see come Sept. 12 is Apple’s newly landed flying saucer of a headquarters.
Looking like a love child of the Close Encounters of the Third Kind ship and Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana soccer stadium, Apple Park HQ sprawls over 175 acres.
The multi-storied ring set into a quadrilateral studded with 9,000 trees will eventually be home to 12,000 employees who, lapping the building in search of colleagues, presumably won’t curse the company when they walk outside only to find their car is on the monolith’s other side.
It’s unclear how many of Apple’s staffers have made the transfer from Apple’s longtime Cupertino, Calif. headquarters, but the exodus started in the spring and should be complete by the end of the year. Its cost: a reported $5 billion.
Among its most impressive stats: 2.8 million square feet of office space (nearly four times the square footage of New York’s Madison Square Garden), 80 acres of parking (so much for eco-friendly self-driving work shuttles) and 17 megawatts of power from its rooftop solar panels (according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 1 megawatt can power 164 average homes, so that’s around 2,800 houses’ worth).
Apple says the building was designed “in collaboration with” architecture firm Foster + Partners, which may be a way of saying that this is what its star designer Jony Ive has been hammering away on for a few years.
All we need now is the video featuring his dulcet tones explaining how the elevators are — and this is poetic license — “perfect embodiments of form-follow-function transportation that evoke the beauty of a surf-polished stone.”
If you’re waiting for details about the new edifice, keep waiting. The media hordes descending on Apple Park…