Apple retail stores may be in for an LTE surprise, the architects behind the Apple campus "spaceship" are revealed, and Starbucks is handing out apps with its frappes. The remainders for Tuesday, August 16, 2011 have been whipped and made to order.
According to photos (now removed) sent by an anonymous tipster, AT&T has reportedly been installing next-generation 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) antenna equipment in an unnamed Apple Store's back area. Engadget notes that the equipment only supports the 700MHz and AWS bands, the very bands that T-Mobile--which AT&T is currently in the progress of acquiring--currently uses for its LTE service. Secret antennas? Special spectrum bands? This is all starting to sound like an X-Files episode.
The "world's most-visited architecture website" (what a title!), ArchDaily, has some information about Apple's new "spaceship"-esque campus, first released by the city of Cupertino. These documents lay out--among other things--the architecture firms working on the massive structure (Foster + Partners, ARUP North America, and Kier & Wright, if you were curious); the design's approximate square footage (2.8 million); and a few of the building's new services, including a Corporate Fitness Center. I swear, if that doesn't include using the campus's circular structure as a giant hamster wheel...
Calculating the Size of Apple's Spaceship HQ (The Mac Observer)
Speaking of Apple's new campus, John Martellaro over at The Mac Observer has done some cold hard math to figure out just how large it will be. Bigger than a breadbox? A U.S. nuclear sub? The Empire State Building? All of those things combined?! In fact, according to Martellaro's chart, you can fit the entirety of the Pentagon in the campus's approximate 807.5 ft radius, along with several types of ships, blimps, aircraft carriers, and--yes--even buildings. Boy, I sure hope one of those planned building services doesn't involve a children's daycare center--otherwise, I foresee many never-ending games of Hide and Seek.
Remember those free iTunes Music Store redemption codes you could get after picking up a drink or two at Starbucks? The coffee chain has decided to shake the program up a bit: Instead of music, the company will offer an iOS-app-flavored Pick of the Week to thirsty consumers. The first app available in this promotion? The otherwise-$5 music recognition software, Shazam Encore. (Which, in my head, sounds a lot like "Anything But Angry Birds").