Apple’s New Spaceship Campus is Officially Called Apple Park, Opens in April

Apple Park

Apple has today announced that its new spaceship campus that has been under construction over the last few years will be officially called Apple Park and will open to employees in April.

Spread over 175-acres in the Santa Clara Valley in California, the new HQ includes a 2.8 million-square-foot main building with the world’s largest panels of curved glass. Apple Park also includes a 100-seat theater that has been named after Steve Jobs and is situated atop a hill within the new campus.

Apple Park Steve Jobs Theater

Here are some highlights of Apple Park:

  • Runs entirely on renewable energy.
  • Includes a 1000-seat theater/auditorium.
  • 17 Megawatts of solar panels on the rooftop.
  • Includes a visitor center, along with an Apple Store and a café.
  • World’s largest naturally ventilated building
  • Includes a 100,000 square-foot fitness center for Apple employees.
  • Two miles of walking and running paths

I can’t wait to visit this.

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TechCrunch, reporting on the GitLab.com meltdown this morning:

According to The Register a folder containing 300GB of live production data was erroneously deleted by a GitLab sysadmin — with just 4.5GB remaining by the time the delete command was cancelled.

Holy shit!

Mad props to the team at GitLab for owning up about their mistake and being so open and upfront about the status.

Apple had their quarterly earnings call yesterday where they announced record first quarter results. The company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion (compared to $75.9 billion in Q1 2016) and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36 (compared to $3.28 in Q1 2016).

iPhone and Mac sales and revenue are up, whereas iPad sales and revenue is down compared to the year-ago quarter. Revenue from Apple’s Services business and from Other Products (includes Apple Watch and Apple TV) are also up.

During the earnings call, Brian White from Drexel asked,

I didn’t hear much mentioned about India. How did India perform with the iPhone, and how should we think about it for 2017, especially with the 4G network going up?

Tim answered,

That’s a really good question. Despite the de-monetization move in India that created lots of economic pressure there last quarter, despite that, we had all-time record revenue results. And so we were very happy about that. The de-monetization impact has not worked its way through yet; it’s still definitely having some overhang, but I think in the longer term, it’s a great move. I feel really good about how we’re doing there. We are in discussions on a number of things, including retail stores and fully intend to invest significantly in the country and believe it’s a great place to be.

[Via iMore]

Apple Increases Pricing of Apps on the App Store in India

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Apple has today sent out an email to iOS developers notifying them of upcoming changes to the pricing on the App Store. According to the email, the pricing of apps and in-app purchases (IAPs) will increase in India, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Apple mentions that this price change is due to change in tax laws in the India, Romania and Russia, but it doesn’t mention why the pricing is changing in the UK. It’s likely that Apple is merely adjusting the pricing to be in line with the falling value of the Pound Sterling against the US Dollar.

If you’re in India, here’s what the pricing change means and how it’ll affect you.

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