Apple Park »

Apple’s new campus has a name:

Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.

Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.

I can’t wait to see it.

Connected #130: San Frosé »

This week, on a very special episode of Connected:

This week, Stephen and Myke talk about the whirlwind of iPhone rumors and where they keep their data before Myke is joined by a special guest.

My thanks to our sponsors:

SpaceX Brings Life Back to Launch Pad 39A »

On Sunday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket — loaded with a Dragon capsule full of supplies for the International Space Station — from Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A.

The launch and recovery of the first stage booster went smoothly, and Dragon should be at the ISS soon. It’s the company’s second successful mission after the AMOS accident last fall.

Launch Pad 40 was heavily damaged during the accident, and is still out of commission. Repairs continue, the company says it will return to Pad 40 this year with its Falcon 9.

Yesterday’s launch from 39A is a big deal. SpaceX signed a 40-year lease back in 2014, and has since been modifying and upgrading the historic site. 39A was home to every crewed Apollo mission starting with 8. The very first space shuttle mission lifted off from 39A in 1981, as did the majority of subsequent shuttles missions; 39B wasn’t ready until 1986, and entered service as the home of a tragedy.

SpaceX will continue to modify 39A to support future crewed missions, and the pad will support the upcoming Falcon Heavy. All of that is exciting, and it’s great to see such an important place in NASA’s history continue see use.

PSA for 1Password Customers »

I came across this 1Password blog post in the Mac Power Users Facebook group:

As a result of an expired provisioning profile and format change in the developer certificate, customers who downloaded 1Password for Mac directly from our site will need to manually update to the latest version. Those using 1Password from the Mac App Store are not affected.

AgileBits’ blog post goes into the details of what happened. Like with the recent Instapaper outage, the honesty makes me feel better about the issue.

Update: Other Mac developers are dealing with this as well.

The State of iBooks »

Michael Cohen at TidBits, after outlining a myriad of problems with Apple’s iBooks apps:

I cannot see into the heart of Apple to judge the depth of its love for iBooks, but, from external appearances, whatever affection it has seems to become ever more shallow with each passing release. And, for an ebook lover like me, that is heartbreaking.