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New Apple Park Drone Video Shows Off Steve Jobs Theater as Lobby Lights Up

Drone videographer Duncan Sinfield has posted a new video on his YouTube channel today, giving viewers a fresh look at Apple Park as a small number of employees begin settling into the campus and more buildings take shape. It's been nearly two years since Sinfield originally started providing monthly drone footage for what was previously referred to as "Apple Campus 2."

Now, Sinfield's late June 2017 update provides a glimpse into Apple's ongoing construction progress at Apple Park, including a noticeable progression in the number of trees and other pieces of greenery within the "spaceship" building's circular courtyard. Early on in the video, viewers can also catch a shot of the main atrium of Apple Park, with its floor-to-ceiling glass doors that originally began to take shape in November 2016.

Notably, the new drone footage provides one of the best looks yet into the Steve Jobs Theater, with Sinfield gathering footage of the campus auditorium as lights turn on inside. The lobby of the theater is visible in the video, thanks an all-glass construction that offers visitors a 360-degree view of Apple Park. On two sides of the lobby, spiraling stairs lead downward to the underground auditorium where Apple will host future events.

In last month's drone video update, provided by Matthew Roberts, the Steve Jobs Theater still had multiple window coverings and construction equipment housed inside, so Apple is making fast progress on the building. The company has yet to confirm when the auditorium will officially open, but it's expected to sometime later in the fall.

The Steve Jobs Theater is capped with the world's largest freestanding carbon-fiber roof, and sits atop a hill at one of the highest points of the 175-acre campus. When Apple announced Apple Park's official name back in February, along with the new name for the auditorium, CEO Tim Cook commemorated Jobs and the new Steve Jobs Theater by saying, "Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come."

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Satellite time-lapse chronicles nearly two years of Apple Park construction progress

Apple Park began construction in 2014. A new time-lapse video based on high-resolution photos by satellite imaging provider Planet Labs has condensed nearly two years of work on the main ring-shaped building in an 18-second time-lapse video. Uploaded Tuesday to Planet Labs’ YouTube channel, the clip was shared yesterday by Business Insider.

Aside from the main ring-shaped building, the video also depicts construction progress on Apple’s twin research and development buildings, the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater, a wellness facility for employees and more.

For those wondering, they used the high-resolution imaging SkySats constellation to capture the construction of Apple’s new Cupertino campus.

If the Planet Labs name rings familiar to you, that’s because Google recently sold its previously acquired satellite-imaging startup Skybox Imaging to Planet Labs.

The search giant acquired Skybox Imaging in 2014 for a reported $500 million.

That startup was founded by Michael Trela, who was a spacecraft engineer at John Hopkins University, and John Fenwick, who served in the U.S. Air Force. Both men joined Apple this April following Planet Labs’ acquisition of Skybox from Google.

As part of the acquisition, Planet Labs now has seven satellites and plans to sell high-resolution aerial imagery starting next year.

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Satellite footage condenses two years of Apple Park construction into 18-second clip

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Satellite imaging provider Planet Labs this week uploaded a time-lapse showing off construction progress of Apple Park's main "spaceship" structure, chronicling nearly two years of work in 18 seconds.

New Charitybuzz auction offers lunch date at Apple Park with Eddy Cue

Not to be outdone by his boss Tim Cook’s fifth auction with Charitybuzz, Eddy Cue just put himself up for auction.

Bids in support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri can be placed until June 28 at 12:00pm Pacific Time. The winning bidder will have a private lunch with Cue at Apple Park, the iPhone maker’s massive new headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The expected cost of the meal is $50,000. At post time, sixteen bids were entered with the most recent bid at a cool $120,000.

“Here’s your chance to have lunch with Eddy Cue at the stunning new 175-acre Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA, where you will learn more about Apple’s industry-leading content stores and online services,” reads the website.

Although the lunch does not include a tour of Apple Park and photography is not permitted, the winning bidder will have “a rare opportunity to see Apple Park and engage in a one-on-one, in-depth conversation with one of the most innovative business minds of our generation.”

The lunch is valid for two people. Cost of the meal is included, but travel and accommodations are not. The experience cannot be resold or re-auctioned. Tim Cook’s recent Apple Park lunch and meeting auction raised an incredible $680,000.

Apple Park is located in Cupertino, California, 43 miles outside San Francisco and 10 miles from San Jose.

As Senior Vice President of Apple’s Internet Software and Services, Cue oversees Apple Music, iTunes Store and Apple’s other content stores, as well as Apple Pay, Siri, Maps, iAd, iCloud services and the company’s productivity and creativity apps.

Cue, 52, earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke university. He joined Apple in 1989, where he played a key role in developing the company’s award-winning iLife suite of applications.

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Apple services chief Eddy Cue has followed CEO Tim Cook in offering a lunch date to the winner of a charity auction, with the latest Charitybuzz lot aiming to raise funds for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation through the sale of a meeting with the executive at the new Apple Park headquarters.

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