Apple reportedly shutting down drone flights over Apple Park area

Today's aerial footage showing construction progress at the Apple Park site may be one of the last videos of the massive headquarters because Apple is reportedly cracking down on drone pilots in the area. AppleInsider has learned of the existence of a dedicated security force at the site with the sole mission to halt these flyovers.

“Another drone pilot claims that they were stopped by a hired security guard who has the express purpose of shutting down drone flights over the campus,” said the publication today.

Apple Park is not currently listed as a no-fly zone by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The publication notes that FAA guidance requires drones to keep 360 feet away from structures, with pilots required to maintain visual line-of-sight to the drone at all times.

“Apple could have an avenue for restrictions, if they can demonstrate that the drones are causing a nuisance, or are violating one of California's privacy laws,” reads the article. “Drones landing or being flown from private property can result in a trespassing charge.”

Today's video from videographer and drone pilot Matthew Roberts offered a closer look at the nearly finished visitor center that will host an Apple Store and a cafe open to the public.


The historic Glendenning Barn has now been reassembled.

The video also offered a glimpse inside the entrance to the 1,000-seat underground Steve Jobs Theater, where Apple will unveil future products.

The glass auditorium is 20-foot tall and 165 foot in diameter.

Landscaping work at the site continues with additional trees being planted inside and around the ring-shape structure with each passing day. By the way, the final tree count is expected to approach 9,000. Also of note, the manmade pond appears to be nearly ready for water.

Video recap: Apple Park construction progress made over past 12 months

Videographer Matthew Roberts has been documenting Apple's work on its massive new headquarters since March of last year. Today, he posted a video recap of the construction progress that the Cupertino company has made on the new 175-acre campus over the past year, up to May 2017.

“See Apple's new headquarters take shape as we recap the past year's construction at Apple Park in 4K,” reads the video's description. Matthew's compilation of aerial footage of Apple Park recorded in the past twelve months can be seen below.


Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield recently posted a new video revealing the Cupertino company is continuing to put the final touches on the main ring-shaped building.

Windows are being installed along the outside of the main Apple Park building

Following recent aerial footage of Apple Park from videographer Matthew Roberts, drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has now released his birds-eye video of Apple's upcoming 175-acre campus. Like Matthew's clip from two days ago, Sinfield's video reveals that the Cupertino company is continuing to put the final touches on the main ring-shaped building.

You can tell they're doubling down on landscaping work, which involves planting mature trees around the site. The massive pile of the earth continues to shrink on a daily basis, but don't expect it to disappear completely until all that dirt has been reused for landscaping.


The solar panel roof looks complete and windows are now being installed alongside the outside of the main building. We can also see progress being made at the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1,000-seat underground auditorium named after Apple's late co-founder.

Other structures, including parking garages, secure research and development facilities, a fitness center for employees and a visitor kiosk, seem to be nearing completion—especially R&D centers that have appeared fully functional for several weeks now.

First employees supposedly began moving in last month, but it's going to take a while until Apple Park becomes a new home for a total of 13,000 employees.

“Closer to home, we're excited about moving into our new corporate headquarters, Apple Park, our new center for innovation,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier in the week on a conference call discussing his company's latest quarterly results with analysts and investors.

“The main building on Apple Park is designed to house 13,000 employees under one roof in an environment that fosters even greater collaboration among our incredibly talented team.”

Drone footage reveals Apple Park is starting to come together

Apple announced a month ago that its futuristic new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California would be named Apple Park. New drone footage from videographer Matthew Roberts now shows that Apple Park is finally starting to come together although some sections are still under construction.

Although first employees began moving in last month, construction workers will be finalizing landscaping and putting additional finishing touches around the new campus until year-end.

Clockwise: huge tunnels leading underneath the main building, the visitor kiosk, a fitness center for employees and the main entrance to the underground 1,000-seat theater for press events.

Apple has been able to plant a lot of mature trees around the campus over the past few weeks and has reused most of the massive pile of the earth it dug up for landscaping work .

The main ring-shaped building, large enough to house 13,000 employees, is being finalized as we speak. And now, watch the latest birds-eye video of Apple Park from Matthews.


Other facilities are nearing completion as well.

Aside from the main ring-shaped building, other nearly-finished facilities include the Tantau Avenue parking garage above ground plus the massive parking garages below ground, the secure research and development centers found on the outskirts of the campus, the kiosk for visitors and tourists and the giant tunnels running underneath the main building.

Solar panel installations on the roof appear mostly complete.

On the other hand, there are some unfinished structures on the site but they're expected to be completed in a matter of weeks. As mentioned, some sections of the main building have been open to employees since the beginning of April.

How do you like Apple's new headquarters?

Watch new drone footage of Apple Park construction progress

Drone pilot and YouTuber Matthew Roberts today published a new 4K drone footage of Apple's upcoming 175-acre campus, officially named Apple Park, which will open doors to employees in April. Recorded using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional, the crisp 4K footage provides a breathtaking birds-eye tour of Apple's particle accelerator—that is, mega headquarters. Watch the video and let us know what you think of the progress being made at the site.

Intel unveils new Kaby Lake chips, VR headset for merged reality, drone platform & more

At Intel Developer Forum today, chip giant Intel announced a seventh-generation Core processors, code-named Kaby Lake, along with a new drone platform, an exciting open-source virtual reality project and a bunch of other goodies.

During an opening keynote presentation, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said the new Kaby Lake chips, due later this year, will let users stream movies in 4K resolution with smooth playback and long battery life.

The company did not say when a low-power edition of the latest Kaby Lake chips suitable for use in Mac notebooks and iMacs might become available to vendors.