Apple iPhone 8 aside, Steve Jobs Theater is another thing to look forward to on September 12

Apple campus’ doughnut hole is its futuristic glaze.

  • Published: September 1, 2017 5:07 PM IST

Big things are going to take place on September 12, or so are all of us convinced. Apple is going to unveil three new iPhones, two of which will be the successor of last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the third will be the tenth anniversary edition, which we have all been comfortably calling the iPhone 8. (Mind you, that name is still not official). In the past few days, we have come across a bunch of reports on the things you can expect from the event, everything you should know about the upcoming iPhones, and all of that. However, we think the venue of the Apple event this time, deserves equal attention.

As read the official media invite from Apple, this year’s launch event is taking place at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater. Which means, on September 12, not only will the three iPhone be unveiled, Apple will also officially show off the Steve Jobs Theater for the first time on that day.

The name states the obvious, the theater has been christened after the late Apple CEO and company co-founder Steve Jobs. But if you have looked at the pictures of the Apple Campus, aren’t you wondering, where is that space for an auditorium in that donut shaped structure? Well, the doughnut hole is the campus’s futuristic glaze. The Steve Jobs Theater has been constructed under the entire campus. ALSO READ: ARKit: A definitive leap towards making augmented reality mainstream

Speaking of which, the auditorium under the rounded, glass building reportedly seats 1,000, which is considerably less than the capacity of 7,000 the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium held, where the iPhone 7 launch was hosted. You know what that means? Going forward, Apple events are going to be even more exclusive than they have been in the past simply as a function of real estate.

The lobby of the theater that you see above ground is 165 feet in diameter, and has 20-foot-tall glass walls. The roof will be made of carbon fiber. According to Tim Cook, even at that seemingly diminutive hight it will still stand out. “It’s on a hill, at one of the highest points on this land,” he told WIRED earlier this year. “It felt like him [Steve Jobs].”

Besides, Mashable reports, the Apple Park was designed by the architecture firm Foster + Partners, the British company which is known for its high-profile glass-and-steel buildings. Further, looking at the August drone video of the Apple Campus also reveals what appears to be two sets of stairs descending to what is presumably the auditorium below. In the same video we see what looks to be a single elevator.

Now that’s mostly what is known so far about the Apple Campus and the Steve Jobs Theater, but that is set to change on September 12, and we will then bring you every detail you wish to know about this mysterious spaceship campus. Keep watching this space! ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to launch in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage variants: Report

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  • Published Date: September 1, 2017 5:07 PM IST