campus 2 drone shot

A new video surfaced last week, offering a great look at Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus construction site. If you’ll recall, Apple was given the green light by the Cupertino City Council last fall to start the project, and it appears that builders are already making serious headway.

Drone enthusiast ‘jmcminn’ uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero. The clip is worth watching both from a technological standpoint (hello, it was shot with a consumer drone), and for the peek at Campus 2.

The author says he used a DJI ALV 5.8 Ghz video transmitter to feed video from the GoPro to his Carl Zeiss Cinemizer video goggles in real time. He also notes the quad copter remained under 400 feet, as per FAA regulation for remote aircraft, and away from airport no-fly zones.

This is just phase 1 of the Campus 2 project, which includes the construction of the round, 2.8 million square foot main building you see taking shape in the video, a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and a 120,00 square foot auditorium. Apple wants to complete the phase by 2016.


  • Michael Santoro

    Did anyone else realize the crane that is “tipped over” lol?

    • Zunaid Ahmed

      lol, good find.

      • asdlb4

        It’s not tipped over. It’s boom has been dropped. Presumably as a project ‘off hours’ protocol. I think it would be fair to assume that a contractor building one of the highest profile structures in the world right now likely has a handle on their crane management practices.

      • Michael Santoro

        Take it easy there bro, I didn’t give it air quotes for nothing….

  • Max Rojas

    Apple is going to take over the world!:”D I don’t see anything wrong with that lol

    • Chris

      It will be one more expensive world

      • DevXav

        True that..
        A good point is that it would be expensive but with a very good quality at least.. 😀

  • Itzkhaoz

    My body is ready..

  • Brian May

    Apple. Even their dirt is perfect and symmetrical. Coming along quickly. Nice

    • BoardDWorld

      It’s amazing to see, the contractors involved are building up a massive amount of credibility with this project. The sand is being retained by metal netting.

      • Brian May

        I bet the metal netting is anodized and brushed

  • Evans Anane

    don’t know what apple have done for but ,everything from them amaze me

  • Matt Taylor

    Am I the only one who was expecting the hive lol quite underwhelming really