Apple’s second „spaceship“ campus is scheduled to be completed in late 2016, giving the company just 12 months to wrap up construction to stay on schedule. Apple’s construction crews have been hard at work over the past few months, making a lot of headway on the main ring-shaped building, the underground auditorium, and the parking structures.
Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield today shared another monthly campus update video with MacRumors, giving a close-up look at how construction has progressed since November.
Four levels of the main ring-shaped building have been completed, bringing Steve Jobs’ original vision of the campus to life. With the walls in place, the special curved glass windows that will encircle the building will likely be going up soon.
This month’s video also gives a clear look at the underground auditorium Apple is building, where it will host events to show off new products. Also depicted is the Tantau development, a set of additional buildings that will serve as research and development facilities.
When it’s finished, the second Apple campus will feature the 2.8 million square foot ring-shaped main building, several parking structures, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, a 120,000 square foot auditorium, and a dedicated visitor’s center with an observation deck, cafe, and Apple Store.
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Apple has leased Tech Place on 101, a 202,000-square-foot building under construction at 2509 Orchard Parkway in north San Jose, California, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The new building is located next to a large parcel of vacant land, owned by realty firm Steelwave, where up to two more office buildings could be built to accommodate around 3,000 workers.
Steelwave render of Tech Place on 101 building in north San Jose
Apple, headquartered in nearby Cupertino, has been steadily expanding its presence in the Bay Area. In north San Jose, it owns or leases multiple properties along Orchard Parkway, between North First Street and U.S. Highway 101, including the 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building and a massive 43-acre development site approved for up to 2.8 million square feet of office space.
Apple’s north San Jose campus could potentially employ up to 20,000 workers.
„They are taking this building to control that entire neighborhood,“ said David Vanoncini, a managing partner with Kidder Mathews, a commercial realty firm.
If all the sites were built out to their full capacity, over time, Apple potentially could employ up to 20,000 workers on the north San Jose properties.
The company also reportedly expanded into San Francisco for the first time in July, leasing a 76,000-square-foot office space in the popular South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, and further bolstered its Bay Area presence by acquiring a 770,000-square-foot property in Sunnyvale.
Apple now has real estate in five Bay Area cities, including Cupertino, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. In addition to its One Infinite Loop headquarters, the iPhone maker continues development on its nearby „Campus 2“ project, which remains scheduled for completion in late 2016.
Last year, popular accessory company Sanho and its HYPER brand launched the iStick, a flash drive with both USB and Lightning connectors to make it easy to transfer files between iOS devices and computers. A Kickstarter campaign for the iStick raised over $1.1 million, with the device coming in capacities ranging from 8 GB to 128 GB.
Building on the success of the iStick, HYPER by Sanho has worked with Taiwanese firm iCirround to bring a next-generation version, the MFi-certified iShowFast, to the United States. By upgrading the USB connectivity to USB 3.0, the iShowFast is up to 14 times faster than the iStick and SanDisk’s similar iXpand flash drives, offering read speeds of up to 140 MB/second over USB and 30 MB/second over Lightning.
As it has done with a number of its other products, HYPER by Sanho is launching iShowFast via an Indiegogo campaign, but backers shouldn’t expect an extended production timeline with potential stumbling blocks pushing delivery out even further than anticipated. iShowFast is already in production and ready to go, with HYPER by Sanho set to start shipping orders out as soon as the $50,000 Indiegogo campaign ends next month.
We’ve had a few days to play with an iShowFast stick, and while it’s a pretty straightforward product that operates essentially identically to the iStick, it was good to see the device is indeed ready for launch in its retail packaging and to be able to try it out with its companion app for managing files on iOS devices.
The design of the iShowFast is clean and simple, with a gold aluminum body that is close to but not quite identical to the gold color Apple uses on its devices. A prominent slider button on the iShowFast makes it easy to switch between Lightning and USB connectors, although this cap-less design leaves one of the connectors unprotected when the drive is carried around in a pocket or bag.
A blue LED next to the slider flashes briefly when the drive is connected to an iOS device or computer to confirm the connection and then occasionally as data is accessed on the drive.
The iShowFast app for iOS is a simple utility that allows users to manage their files on both the flash drive and on the iOS device itself, as well as a linked Dropbox account. The usual file management tools are included, allowing users to delete, copy, move, share, and zip files, and password protection is supported. The app can also pull in items from the user’s photo albums, music libraries, and clipboard, and offers one-step backup of the contacts stored on the device.
The main screen of the iShowFast app includes access to the device’s camera functionality, making it easy to capture photos and videos and save them to the phone’s local storage, the iShowFast stick, or Dropbox.
For photos, the iShowFast app includes basic photo filters and editing from Camera360, making it easy to apply various effects, blurs, lens flare, and framing options while also supporting cropping, rotation, and a number of other image adjustments.
Overall, we found the iShowFast to work as advertised, offering a simple method for transferring files between iOS devices and computers and some nice basic camera integration and support for Dropbox. Given the ubiquity of wireless file transfers these days with Wi-Fi networking, AirDrop, iCloud, and more, many users won’t have a need for the iShowFast. But for those who want or need to physically transfer files with support for password protection, the iShowFast looks like a solid option.
iShowFast’s Indiegogo campaign kicks off today, offering early-bird backers and backers who previously supported the iStick campaign 40 percent off the eventual retail prices of the iShowFast.
$49 – iShowFast (16GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$59 – iShowFast (16GB). Regular retail price will be $80.
$60 – iShowFast (32GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$79 – iShowFast (32GB). Regular retail price will be $100.
$89 – iShowFast (64GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$99 – iShowFast (64GB). Regular retail price will be $150.
$149 – iShowFast (128GB) for Early Birds & iStick Kickstarter backers
$199 – iShowFast (128GB). Regular retail price will be $250.
The first batch of 3000 sticks will go out next month soon after the Indiegogo campaign ends, with the remainder of the orders going out in December.
Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this review.