New Aerial Video Shows Ongoing Apple Campus 2 Construction

Construction workers in Cupertino are making slow but steady progress on Apple's spaceship-shaped second campus, according to a new aerial video shot by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield and shared with MacRumors. Shot just this morning, Sinfield's video offers an updated look at the current state of construction.

The foundation of the ring-shaped building has been completed for several months now, with multi-level structural components now going up. Work on the parking structures is progressing, and the auditorium, where Apple will host events, is also taking shape. Much of the auditorium and the available parking will be below ground. Next to the parking structure and the auditorium, work on the Tantau development has begun, where research facilities will be located.


When completed, Apple's campus will feature a massive 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground parking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium for hosting events, and as we learned earlier this week, a visitor's center complete with an observation deck, cafe, and Apple Store.

The entire campus will be covered with hundreds of trees and orchards, and inside the ring, there will be a central garden with outdoor dining areas for employees. According to the most recent update from the City of Cupertino, Apple is still on track to complete construction at the end of 2016.

Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iMac, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More

As Back to School approaches, we may see major retailers dropping the prices on Macs and tablets in an effort to draw people into stores. This week, there are no standout deals on iPads or iPhones, but there are a few Macs that are available for reasonable prices, including the 27-inch 3.3GHz Retina iMac, available for $1,799, the lowest price we've seen on that machine yet.

Last week, Apple launched its Back to School program. Instead of offering gift cards for the iTunes Store or Apple Store as it has done in years past, any Mac purchase through September 18 will net you a free pair of Beats headphones. If you're buying a new Mac, that's a deal worth checking out.

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In this week's deals post, we've also got some discounts on Apple accessories, including an external battery for the Mac, and a selection of iPhone and MacBook cases. As always, we've also rounded up deals on popular apps and games.

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B&H Photo is offering a small discount on some of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, 64GB model Wi-Fi only model in Space Gray is priced at $568 and the 128GB model in Gold is priced at $659. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had on quite a few of the site's iPads.

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Apple Expands Into San Francisco With New Office Building Lease

Apple has offices located around the Bay Area, in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose, but for the first time, the company is planning to expand into San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Business Times, Apple has leased 76,000 square feet of office space in the popular South of Market neighborhood (SoMa) in San Francisco.

Many startups and major tech companies are located in San Francisco, in the very neighborhood Apple is moving into. It is not clear what Apple plans to do with the office space, but Beats Music leases office space in San Francisco, so it's possible Apple will house its Apple Music employees in the city.

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Though Apple's offices have long been located in the South Bay, many employees live in the city and face a daily hour-long commute by car or Apple bus, so San Francisco office space for at least some of the commuters will likely be welcome news. The ability to work in San Francisco could also help Apple recruit key employees that are reluctant to work outside of the city.

In the building Apple plans to sublease through 2022, employees will share office space with CBS Interactive, the main tenant. The 76,000 square foot space could accommodate an estimated 400 to 500 employees. It's not known what Apple is paying to rent the space, but SoMa is one of San Francisco's most expensive areas due to its popularity with tech companies. On average, rent in SoMa costs $66 per square foot, so Apple is likely paying millions of dollars per year to occupy the space.

News of Apple's San Francisco lease comes shortly after news that the company leased 300,000 square feet of space in North San Jose. Apple also recently expanded into Seattle, leasing office space in a popular downtown area.

Apple Campus 2 Visitor Center Will Include Cafe, Store and Rooftop Observation Deck

Apple is planning to build a visitor's center on its new "spaceship" campus, which will include a rooftop observation deck that overlooks the main building, a cafe, and a 10,114 square-foot store where visitors will be able to "view and purchase the newest Apple products."

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The structure, like many of Apple's retail stores, will be made of glass with a carbon fiber roof and large skylights. Stairs and elevators will take visitors up to the viewing deck, where the ring-shaped building housing Apple employees will be visible. Apple's current campus included a now-closed store that sold Apple-branded apparel and sundries, but a dedicated visitor's center with a store selling Apple products will be a new addition.

Details on the visitor's center were found by Silicon Valley Business Journal in documents that were filed with the city of Cupertino back in April. Previous approvals for the campus included mention of a visitor's center in a glass building, but details on the interior of the building were not available until this year.

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According to the plans, Apple aims for the visitor's center at 10700 N. Tantau to "create a public face of the Apple Campus 2 that reflects Apple's business and design practices, and allows for a long-term presence in Cupertino." (Neighbors will be glad to know that a screen will block views onto an adjacent single-family-home community.) Parking will be mostly below grade with 684 spaces, with elevators taking visitors into the center.
Construction on Apple's second campus is still underway. Video footage shot in June suggests the foundation has been finished, with the first walls of the ring-shaped structure going up. Work on a nearby underground parking facility is also nearing completion. Apple is planning to finish construction on the main building in late 2016.

When complete, the new campus will feature a 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, an underground aprking lot, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,000 square foot 1,000-seat auditorium for hosting events, and the newly-described visitor's center.

Apple Releases FaceTime Camera Driver Update for All 2015 MacBooks

facetime-mac-2015Apple has released a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks that improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. Apple recommends that all Boot Camp users install the software update (1.4MB) from the Apple Support website.

The software update was released for the following notebooks:

- MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
- MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

Languages supported include English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Polish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional) and Chinese (Simplified).

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'Steve Jobs' Movie Chosen as Centerpiece for 53rd New York Film Festival

Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs film has been selected as the Centerpiece of the 53rd New York Film Festival, which takes place from September 25 through October 11. The announcement was made by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which hosts the NYFF each year.

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Steve Jobs will be screened for audiences at the festival on October 3, about a week before the movie gets a wide release on October 9. New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones voiced excitement for the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie's Centerpiece selection at this year's NYFF, a position held in past years by movies like No Country For Old Men and Inherent Vice.
“You hear that a bio of Steve Jobs is being produced, and of course you see multiple possible movies in your head . . . but not this one. Steve Jobs is dramatically concentrated, yet beautifully expansive; it’s extremely sharp; it’s wildly entertaining, and the actors just soar—you can feel their joy as they bite into their material.”
The 17-day film festival previously announced that its opening and closing night films will be Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk and Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead, respectively. Tickets to the festival aren't exactly open to the public at large, but those interested can sign up to become a Film Society member, and provide a small donation, to receive "exclusive benefits" like early ticket access to NYFF screenings and events ahead of the general public.

These benefits reduce the cost of the festival to packages ranging between $300 and $1,250. There are also VIP passes available that begin at $5,000 and go up to as much as $20,000 to include multiple tickets, exclusive VIP seating, and exclusive NYFF53 commemorative items like the festival's official poster and a limited-edition tote bag.

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Apple, Google, and Microsoft Among Companies Signing New White House Climate Pledge

Apple will join twelve other companies from across the country today at the White House in support of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which aims to tackle climate change head-on thanks to the backing of partners like Apple.

The new pledge will cut nearly 6 billion tons of carbon pollution through the year 2030, "an amount equivalent to taking all the cars in the United States off the road for more than 4 years." Apple's addition to the pledge doesn't appear to include any projects debuting exclusively for the new initiative, but the company will seemingly continue to heavily support a positive environmental message, now in partnership with the White House.

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Apple, already running all of its U.S. operations on 100% renewable energy, will bring an estimated 280 megawatts of clean power generation online by the end of 2016 through investments in Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon and Sichuan Province, China. Since 2011, Apple has reduced carbon emissions from its global corporate facilities, data centers and retail stores by 48%.
The other companies signing the pledge include: Alcoa, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart. By signing on as a partner, the companies are voicing support for a "strong" outcome for the climate negotiations in Paris this December, and promising an "ongoing commitment" to positive environmental action.

In total, the American Business Act on Climate Pledge amounts to about $140 billion in environmental investments, with all of the participating companies estimated to generate more than 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy. As the White House points out, the partnerships announced today "are only the beginning," with a second round of pledges expected to be announced sometime this fall.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Apple Releases Flash Storage Firmware Update for 2015 MacBook Pros

Apple today released MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for the 2015 MacBook Pro, which fixes a storage firmware issue that could cause data corruption in rare cases.

Apple recommends that all customers who have a mid-2015 MacBook Pro download and install the update. It can be acquired from the Mac App Store on affected machines or directly from Apple's support site.

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The mid-2015 MacBook Pro includes all 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models that were released in May of this year. As MacRumors readers have pointed out, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro released in March is an "early-2015" model.

App Store Sees Best Quarter Ever With 24% Revenue Growth

newitunes122logoDuring today's third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted App Store sales, noting that the iOS and Mac App Stores saw their best quarter ever, with a 24 percent growth in revenue. The number of transacting customers also grew by 19 percent.

The services category, which includes the App Store, iTunes, Apple Pay, AppleCare, and other licensing/service fees, generated a record $5 billion revenue during the quarter, up from $4.5 billion during the year-ago quarter.

Apple's iTunes Store has become an increasingly important revenue source for Apple in recent years, largely due to the ever-growing popularity of the App Store. China has been an important factor in the App Store's recent growth, with App Store revenue more than doubling in the country during 3Q15. Chinese developers have created more than 250,000 apps, according to Apple CFO Luca Maestri.

Overall, Apple saw revenue of $49.6 billion during the quarter, with a net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. The company sold 47.5 million iPhones, 4.8 million Macs, and 10.9 million iPads.

Apple Store Miranda Opening in New South Wales on July 25

Apple is planning to open a new retail location in New South Wales, Australia on Saturday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. local time, according to the company's list of retail stores. The store is located at the Westfield Miranda shopping centre in Miranda, a suburb of Sydney.

It is not clear where the Apple Store will be located within the mall, but the development spans four stories and has more than 400 retail stores.

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The Miranda Apple Store will be the ninth store located in New South Wales, joining the existing Bondi, Broadway, Castle Towers, Charlestown, Chatswood Chase, Hornsby, Penrith, and Sydney retail stores. Counting the new Miranda store, Apple now has 22 stores located in Australia.

At its retail store openings, Apple often celebrates by offering t-shirts to the first 1,000 customers who visit each location. Apple is already accepting Genius Bar reservations at the new Miranda location.

Update: MacRumors reader Adam has shared a photo of the new Apple Store opening at Westfield Miranda.

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Video Review: The Juiceboxx Keeps Your MacBook Charger Cord From Fraying

For our latest video review, we went hands-on with the Juiceboxx, a MacBook accessory that originated on Kickstarter. Many of us MacBook owners have suffered from a frayed MacBook charger cord, which is a condition that the Juiceboxx aims to prevent.

The Juiceboxx is a small plastic cover that wraps around the bottom of a MacBook charger, with a portion that extends out over the spot where the cord attaches to the power adapter. This keeps that spot from being bent or damaged in a way that could lead to fraying.


The Juiceboxx is available in six colors, including blue, black, white, red, magenta, and teal. There are versions available for all MacBook models, including the 12-inch Retina MacBook, the MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air. It can be purchased from the Juiceboxx website for $19.99.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.

Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, iPad Air 2, Apple Accessories, BioShock Infinite Bundle and More

It's the middle of summer and we're in between holidays, so deals this week are not super impressive, unless you're looking for an older MacBook Air or Retina MacBook Pro. There are some acceptable discounts on the iPad Air 2, but not as good as we've seen in the past, and there are also a few models of the iMac available at reasonable prices.

This week, we've teamed up with GameAgent to offer MacRumors readers a complete BioShock Infinite bundle at a 75 percent discount, dropping the price to $10. We've also rounded up deals on quite a few Apple accessories, including iTunes gift cards and a discount on AppleCare with an iPad purchased from MacMall. As always, we've also rounded up a lengthy list of apps and games that are on sale.

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Best Buy is selling several models of the 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $70 off, dropping the price to $629.99. The Silver, Gold, and Space Gray models are all on sale.

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B&H Photo is offering a small discount on most of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, 64GB model Wi-Fi only model in Space Gray is priced at $564 and the 128GB model in Gold is priced at $659. Prices vary somewhat by model, but there are slight discounts to be had on quite a few of the site's iPads.

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