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A Forward-Looking Pavilion: Apple Park Visitor Centre

Situated within an olive grove, the Apple Visitor Centre features a transparent structure and its roof made of carbon-fiber.

Foster + Partners, the architecture firm designed the newly opened Apple campus encompassing a visitor centre and an Apple park in Cupertino, California.

To help visitors understand what constitutes more than a design of public space serving as a gateway to Apple Park, the Foster + Partners team came to shed light on their design works and shared their vision of space concept.

Among the unique highlights of Apple campus is the building’s expansive roof terrace, offering a beautiful view overlooking the park on top of the main building.

Inside the new public building, features a large pavilion designed with a purpose to let natural light create a warm glow, revealing the delicate colour of the wood material.

Visitors to the visitor centre can view a large-scale model of Apple Park and later adjourn to the roof terrace to experience the real thing as seen in the modelling.

The architect had intentionally played with the material palette complementing the meticulous detailing seen in the Ring Building, and mirrored the same aesthetic for its sheltered outdoor seating area to offer visitors “a relaxed setting, against the backdrop of Apple Park,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners.

The material used to construct the shades of the terrace is made of thin, curved carbon-fiber fins. The refined functional space is ideal for photo-taking, and on the southern end is a cafe that offers visitors every chance to enjoy the landscape.

The staircases in the main building are clad in quartz stone and the counter top at the visitor café uses the same marble material as seen in the main restaurant.

Apple Watch store France

London, Paris, Tokyo to get Apple Watch stores

Apple Watch store France

On April 10, Apple will open three dedicated stores-within-stores to sell its premium smartwatch.


The stores, which will be situated in London’s Selfridges, Galaries Lafayette in Paris and Isetan in Tokyo, will be spaces where customers will get the opportunity to get up close with the devices, trying them on and even placing orders ahead of their official launch date.


All three different versions of the Apple Watch will officially go on sale on April 24 in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.

New Apple store in Paris

A second Apple Store opened on July 3rd, two steps from Opéra, 18 months after the brand’s first Paris store opened in the Carroussel du Louvre in Nov 2009.

Named as Apple Opera Store, the design is a radical departure from the usual Apple Stores that you might have seen around the world.

The location has been under construction for well over a year, due to the need to preserve and restore historic architecture, such as wooden doors, arched windows and wrought-iron balcony railings on the exterior.

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Configure your Rolls Royce on your iPhone

Luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce said its first app for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available at the App Store.

Exclusive to Rolls-Royce’s latest model – the Ghost – this application allows consumers to design and configure it to their exact specifications.

The Ghost app allows you to choose from the thousands of design combinations available at Rolls-Royce dealerships.
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One million iPads sold in the US

Apple announced that it had sold more than one million iPads on May 3, just 28 days after the connected tablet device was introduced in the US.

“One million iPads in 28 days–that’s less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

“Demand continues to exceed supply and we’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more customers.”

More than 5,000 iPad native apps have appeared in the App Store since the device was announced.
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iPad proves popular for automakers

Only days from the release of Apple’s much-hyped iPad, a second automaker has announced that it plans to develop a publishing presence on the device.

US car brand Cadillac, a division of GM, has announced a partnership with design website Cool Hunting to develop an app for the iPad, which goes on sale in the US on April 3.

The new app will feature content from the influential Cool Hunting blog, described as a “daily look at ideas and products on the intersection of art, design, culture and technology.”

Cadillac appears to have found a way around its partner’s claim that “Money can buy you a lot of things, but it can’t buy you coverage on Cool Hunting.”
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Gucci Debuts iPhone Application

Gucci has launched an iPhone and iPod Touch applications. They are now available at the application store for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

The release coincides with the Gucci Icon-Temporary project, a traveling sneaker store which opens on October 24 at 43 Crosby Street in New York City.

It is also the only place you’ll be able to land a pair of limited edition sneakers designed with DJ, musician and producer Mark Ronson.
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The $1000 iPhone Application

Upset that the Apple iPhone is no longer exclusive enough? Then, App Store has the perfect downloadable application for you, called I Am Rich.

The program displays a red gem, has no function but to display your wealth to others through ownership, and costs $1000.

The description in iTunes reads “The red icon on your iPhone or iPod Touch always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were able to afford this. It’s a work of art with no hidden function at all…”

As kottke said, “For some, the iPhone is already an obvious display of wealth and I Am Rich is commenting on that. Plus, buying more than you need as an indication of wealth is practically an American core value for a growing segment of the population.”

Unfortunately you wont be able to download it anymore. It has since been removed from the Apple Store for no reason… Though, the “I am Rich” application is one of those reasons why you have to make sure your iTunes asks for you permission to buy apps before purchasing !