Take in Apple’s massive new spaceship campus site via drone.

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To get a true appreciation for how massive Apple’s new UFO-shaped campus will be, a drone equipped with a GoPro was flown over the construction site.

We’ve seen some aerial pictures of the site beginning to take shape as work begins on Campus 2, but this is by far the coolest look yet.

As you can see in the video, the foundation for the circular walls is being worked on, and the basic layout of the campus is starting to become more visible.

Campus 2 was one of the last major projects spearheaded by Steve Jobs, and he recruited legendary architect Norman Foster to design the site.

Some of the amenities in the new campus will be gardens, miles of bike paths, a state of the art gym, an underground parking garage, and subterranean theater for hosting media events. Most importantly, Campus 2 will provide one place for all of Apple’s thousands of corporate employees to work together. Apple has vastly outgrown its current home on Infinite Loop and has been resorting to renting office space all throughout the Cupertino, California area.

What the finished product will look like.

Construction on Campus 2 began earlier this year, and Apple hopes to move in by mid-2016.

 

Apple kicks off iTunes Festival today with Deadmau5 concert.

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Apple’s 2014 iTunes Festival begins today with performances every day through the month of September. Like previous years, each performance will be streamed in HD for free through iTunes and the festival’s dedicated Apple TV channel.

To kick things off, electronic artist Deadmau5 is headlining tonight at The Roundhouse in London. Apple has revealed that Spanish singer and conductor Placido Domingo will close the festival on September 30th.

The full iTunes Festival schedule is up on iTunes, and you’ll see Apple promoting it heavily though social media channels and iTunes Store banners throughout the month. Even the wallpapers for demo MacBooks in some Apple stores have been changed to promote the festival.

Artists perform for free during the festival and in turn are given top treatment by Apple on the front page of the iTunes Store. It’s also an important time of the year for Apple to network directly with artists, a practice that will probably only prove more beneficial for the company now that Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are employees.

This year’s festival will include performances by artists like Beck, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tony Bennet, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde, Robert Plant, Sam Smith, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, The Script, Jessie J, Ben Howard, Mary J. Blige, Lenny Kravitz, and Ed Sheeran. Each day’s performance will begin with a lesser-known opening act followed by a headliner.

If you can’t catch a livestream of a particular concert, Apple leaves a recording up to watch until the festival is over.

You can stream the iTunes Festival through iTunes on the desktop, the iTunes Festival iOS app, and on the Apple TV.

Wallpaper of the Week: “wish we could say more”.

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Apple sent out invitations to an event hosted on September 9, 2014 at 10:00AM PST. Per usual, there is a rush in the community to determine what Apple has hidden inside the graphic. The “Wish we could say more” line has lead many to speculate about enhanced Siri optimization or the ability to action iPhone through voice commands on a wearable device. Just yesterday, Re/code claimed the highly anticipated Apple wearable, dubbed “iWatch,” should launch alongside the iPhone 6 at the upcoming event.

As with many recent Apple announcements, designers quickly put their skills to work, publishing wallpapers inspired by the invitation. Inside are a few wallpapers, for your favorite upcoming Apple event.

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Below is a wallpaper inspired by Apple’s severely minimalistic design. Sent over by@JasonZigrino, the image accurately depicts the full logo from the invitation. You can catch Zigrino’s full library at Deviant Art, or find his handy work spread throughout the Wallpapers of the Week.

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Below is another submission by iDB reader and 14 year old graphic web designer, Cullen Card. You can see more of his work, via Cullen’s online portfolio. The next two were designed by Cullen, both white and black versions, with and without text.

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Another submission by @EA_Roa, which uses a stronger gradient.

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Bluelounge Soba cable director organizes your wiring mess.

Bluelounge Soba cable organizers on the back of a Mac mini

Wiring and cabling, especially when you have a lot of computer equipment, can quickly get out of control. The space between my Apple Wireless Keyboard and iMac, as an example, looks like someone dumped a bowl of black and white noodles into a pile. That’s why Bluelounge’s new Soba cable director (US$24.95) is an aptly-named way to organize those crazy cables, since Soba is the generic Japanese term for noodles made of buckwheat.

Soba comes in two colors — black and white — and uses a unique Vortex tube that zips open and closed to take up to three cables and hide them away. Each Soba comes with 10 feet of that tubing, a pair of end caps to make everything look beautiful, three mounting caps for attaching the Soba tubing to a wall or back of a desk, a Y-splitter if you have cables that need to go to two destinations at the end of a tube, a handful of small rubber bands, and a “zipper” tool to help insert the cables.

Bluelounge Soba Vortex tubing with cables inside

Bluelounge’s website shows the Soba cable director in use with some of their CableBoxes, which are a useful way to hide “wall warts” and power strips. With such a setup, it’s possible to have one power cord coming from a wall outlet to a hidden power strip covered with AC adapters, then route the individual DC cables to their destinations with the Soba tube.

I found the entire process of popping three small cables into the Soba Vortex tubing to be easy. I can see where with Macs like the Mac mini and Mac Pro, Soba would be valuable in keeping your desktop tidy instead of having a number of “noodles” running around. It’s also a great way for MacBook owners to capture those various cables that are running to external drives and monitors, and replace them with one sleek looking tube.

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Soba is a product that is long overdue. Through the use of an innovative tubing and proprietary caps, Bluelounge has created a very useful and quick method of organizing and hiding the spaghetti of cables that tends to surround most of our favorite devices.

Apple announces special event for September 9th: ‘Wish we could say more’.

Apple has just sent out press invites for its latest event, where the company is expected to announce the iPhone 6. The event is scheduled for 10 AM Pacific Time on September 9th. Atypically, Apple is holding the event at a new venue, the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. This is the same venue that Apple introduced the original Mac, over 30 years ago. Apple has constructed a ‘three-story structure’ at the site, which may be used as the hands-on area after the presentation is over. Usually, Apple’s demo areas are only the size of a large room and do not span multiple floors.

Yesterday, Recode reported that Apple will also show off its new wrist wearable device (‘iWatch’) at the September 9th event. Unsurprisingly, the invite does not reveal specifics about what Apple will announce, bearing a rather bland image of the Apple logo coupled with the slogan ‘Wish we could say more’. Feel free to speculate what you think will be announced in the comments. A full screenshot of the email is after the break.

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As shown by numerous part leaks, the iPhone 6 should come in two sizes, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, although it is unclear whether the 5.5 inch version will be mentioned at the press event, as it is reportedly not set to launch for sometime after the 4.7 inch variant. The iPhone 6 models will feature a new A8 processor and come preloaded with iOS 8. Rumors of NFC — for some sort of mobile payments system — are also prevalent.

Details on the iWatch hardware are much more scarce. 9to5Mac has reported extensively on the device’s rich health and fitness capabilities, with Apple having hired many high-profile people for the project. In July, analyst Ming-Cho Kuo said that the iWatch will feature a flexible AMOLED display, although other reports about hardware specifics are hard to come by. Until Recode’s report yesterday, it was widely assumed that the iWatch would not debut until October.

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iPhone 6 cases are already showing up on Amazon.

Apple has reportedly scheduled a special event for September 9, which many suspect it will feature the public debut of the next iPhone. While rumors have swirled for months about the release of Apple’s next generation phone, very little has been confirmed about the device officially. Still with the event right around the corner, enterprising accessory dealers have already pounced for early adopter money by listing cases for the “iPhone 6″ on Amazon.

We would suggest using caution before buying any iPhone 6 cases before the device is formally announced. Currently, every case being sold on Amazon is 4.7″ long. While, again, nothing has been confirmed, there are rumors that Apple a larger iPhone. Isn’t it worth waiting until the 9th to pick out the case, on the odd chance there’s more to the story than these cases imply?

Currently several manufacturers, such as i-Blason who already make products for Apple products, have listed iPhone 6 cases on their websites. If Apple announces a larger model iPhone, do you want to buy a case now for the smaller size device? Save your money. In the worst case scenario you’ll have to wait a few extra days to have your new case delivered to you. If it saves you the hassle of returning it if we get a surprise on the 9th, the wait will be worth it.