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Apple is known for having high standards when it comes to design, and it would seem that its latest and biggest project — its brand new campus — is no different.
To quote Saturday Night Live’s Stefon, “This place has everything.”
There’s a park, giant tunnel, parking garage, cafe, solar panels, an auditorium and of course, an Apple store.
Read on for what Apple’s employees have to look forward to when their new HQ opens.
In June of 2011, the late Apple co-founder presented the plans for the new campus to the Cupertino City Council. Jobs died just a few months later on Oct. 5, 2011. At the meeting, he explained why the location and the land were so special to him.
“When I was 13, Hewlett and Packard were my idols. I called up Bill Hewlett because he lived in Palo Alto,” Jobs recalled. “I talked to him and asked him if he would give me some spare parts for something I was building called a frequency counter. He did, but in addition to that, he gave me something way more important: He gave me a job that summer.”
“The Ring,” that circular building that Jobs was so excited about, will be 2.8 million square feet and there will be no main lobby. Instead, there will be nine different entrances for employees and visitors to choose from.
On the campus, there will be a 1,000-seat auditorium that will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. It is a 20-foot-high glass cylinder that is 165 feet in diameter and has a metallic carbon-fiber roof. It is going to be situated on a hilltop at one of the highest points of the property with a view of the meadows and the main building. Steve Jobs was known for theatrical product launches, and instead of renting out a space for future events, the company could use the space it has in house.
The café on the new campus has two giant glass doors that weigh 440,000 each and open and close without sound due to machinery that is hidden underground. The doors can be opened during the warmer months so employees can eat outside.
The dining options for both employees and visitors at the new campus are being overseen by Francesco Longoni, the company’s head of food service. But it seems that Longoni is an inventor as well. Back in 2010, there was a patent filed for a pizza box designed specially to allow moisture to escape and keep the food from getting soggy. The patent and design were revealed during the course of Wired’s peek behind the curtain at the construction of the new buildings.
The campus is going to be home to one of the biggest on-site solar energy installations on the planet. It is also going to be the world’s biggest naturally ventilated building, which means that it isn’t going to have to be heated or air conditioned for nine months out of the year. This is in line with the environmentally friendly mission behind the campus — and the fact that apparently Jobs hated air conditioning.
The fight between Apple and Qualcomm is getting uglier.
Qualcomm on Wednesday filed suit against Apple device manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal Electronics — the companies responsible for iPhone and iPad assembly — for refusing to pay their licensing fees. The chipmaker says those four companies have “a long history of consistently paying royalties” but are now refusing to pay licensing fees on the Apple products they produce at Cupertino’s request.
“Qualcomm seeks an order that would require the defendants to comply with their long-standing contractual obligations to Qualcomm, as well as declaratory relief and damages,” the company said in a news release. “While not disputing their contractual obligations to pay for the use of Qualcomm’s inventions, the manufacturers say they must follow Apple’s instructions not to pay.”
Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag‘s request for comment.
Qualcomm said its licensing agreements with the aforementioned manufacturers date back to before Apple even sold its first iPhone — and that Apple isn’t even a party in those contracts. The manufacturers, meanwhile, are still paying Qualcomm royalties for the use of its technology in non-Apple products.
“It is unfortunate that we must take this action against these long-time licensees to enforce our agreements, but we cannot allow these manufacturers and Apple to use our valuable intellectual property without paying the fair and reasonable royalties to which they have agreed,” Qualcomm’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Don Rosenberg said in a statement. “As Apple continues to collect billions of dollars from consumer sales of its Qualcomm-enabled products, it is using its market power as the wealthiest company in the world to try to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm in its global attack on the company.”
He went on to say that “the manufacturers must continue to live up to their obligations under these agreements and Apple should immediately cease its tortious interference.”
The issue dates back January when Apple, alleging extortion, sued Qualcomm for $1 billion. Apple says Qualcomm withheld contractually obligated payments in retaliation for Apple’s cooperation with a Korean investigation into its business practices. That investigation ended with the Korean antitrust agency levying a record $854 million fine against Qualcomm in December.
Qualcomm in April countersued Apple, claiming the iPhone maker breached and mischaracterized agreements and negotiations between the two companies. Apple since last month has been withholding payments to its manufacturers for the royalties they owe under their licenses with Qualcomm.
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