MacRumors reports that as of Friday, Apple Park’s Visitor Center is now open for the public to visit.

The impressive building has a cantilevered carbon fiber roof that was designed to give the appearance of floating in air. Directly inside the entrance of the building is a 3D model of the entire Apple Park campus, as well as an augmented reality exhibition using iPads that gives lots of information that “showcases the innovative design principles of Apple Park,” according to Apple.

As you might expect, the Visitor Center also contains a massive Apple Store, with lots of the usual stuff that you’d expect to find there, but also some exclusive, Apple-Park-themed souvenirs such as T-shirts, hats, postcards, baby onesies, playing cards, and tote bags.

There’s also a café, situated in a beautiful position that is surrounded by the campus olive grove, where you can buy snacks and beverages.

The roof terrace boasts splendid views of the main Apple Park building and the gardens around the area, including more than 9,000 trees. But that’s as far as you’ll get in terms of viewing the rest of the campus, as areas other than the Visitor Center are not open to the public.

The Apple Park Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Sources: Apple Park Visitor's Center Now Open to the Public

Apple Park Visitor Center

Apple has launched a new iPad Pro promotional video entitled “What’s a Computer,” in which it reiterates the idea that the iPad Pro can work very well as a PC replacement. It’s not the first time Apple has released a video along those lines, writes 9to5 Mac, but this is the first such video to concentrate on some of the many iPad Pro enhancements included with iOS 11 that help to make the tablet even more suitable as a PC replacement.

The advertisement shows a child using their 10.5-inch iPad Pro along with a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, both at home and out and about (and even up a tree!). You see them using Microsoft Word to write papers, taking pictures with the rear camera, and sharing annotated screenshots with their friends, among other things. Apple is making sure it’s giving everyone a good look at the new screenshot annotation features as well as the new Dock.

And just to push the point home even more firmly, in the video description Apple proclaims that “with iPad Pro +iOS 11, a post-PC world may be closer than you think.”

Source: Apple challenges the definition of a PC with new ‘What’s a computer’ iPad Pro ad [Video]

AppleInsider reports today that a redditor on the Apple Watch reddit has posted that they had been told by Apple engineers that despite the fact that LTE Apple Watch Series 3 units are supposed to be linked to an iPhone number in order to make calls on the watch, they should still be able to call the emergency services without having an activated phone or data service.

After being told this following unsuccessful attempts to test this out, the redditor installed watchOS 4.2 beta 3 and then tried again to call the emergency services on an unactivated Apple Watch. This time, after a 3-minute wait, the user was able to reach the emergency services. The Apple engineer had told him that it might even take up to 5 minutes. And while that might seem like a long wait, especially to someone in distress or danger, it’s better than not being able to make the call at all, and could still be a life-saving feature for someone who only has their Apple Watch on them and is stuck in a perilous predicament, such as the kitesurfer the other day who alerted the Coast Guard on his Apple Watch when he was stuck drifting in the ocean.

A call to the emergency services on the Apple Watch is instigated by holding down the side button on the watch, which will then dial the local emergency dispatch centre. The watch will then try to send text messages to your listed emergency contacts, even including location information, and even if Location Services are not enabled on the watch.

Source: LTE Apple Watches may be able to make emergency calls without linked iPhone plan

If you’ve been planning to buy Apple’s Siri-driven HomePod smart speaker this holiday season, then unfortunately you’re going to be disappointed, as Apple has announced today in the following statement that it has pushed the HomePod release date back to the beginning of 2018.
When the HomePod was first unveiled by Apple back at its WWDC in June, it was expected to be released in December (and in fact the official Apple website still says “Available December,” but now it will be shipping in January at the earliest.

Apple did not reveal the specific reason why it had decided to delay the launch of the smart speaker, but it could have something to do with perfecting AirPlay 2, which is a big part of HomePod.

Source: Apple delaying HomePod smart speaker launch until next year

MacRumors writes that according to Chinese website MyDrivers, the 2018 iPad Pro range is set to feature octa-core A11X processors developed using TSMC’s new 7nm manufacturing process.

Apparently, sources in Apple’s supply chain have divulged that the eight cores in the new chip boast three high-performance “Monsoon” cores and five energy-efficient “Mistral” cores.

The latest iPhone X A11 Bionic chip is manufactured using a 10nm process, and utilises TSMC’s integrated fan-out wafer wafer level packaging, or InFO WLP, and the A11X Bionic chip will have the same features, according to the source.

The current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models both have the A10X Fusion chip.

Next year’s iPad Pro line-up is rumoured to have an iPhone-X-style redesign, complete with thinner bezels Face ID replacing the home button. However, due to issues with sourcing large amounts of bigger OLED displays, it’s most likely that the 2018 iPad Pros will still have LCD displays.

Image: Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) | Twitter

Source: 2018 iPad Pro Models Could Have Very Fast Octa-Core A11X Bionic Chip

AppleInsider reports on a great story that originally appeared in the Daily Mail about how a kitesurfer was rescued from shark-infested waters off the coast of California thanks to the cellular function of his new Apple Watch Series 3.

According to the report, 49-year-old John Zilles crashed his hydrofoil while surfing in shark-infested waters and could not re-launch his kite. He was able to alert the Coast Guard to his predicament via his Apple Watch Series 3.

“I was out learning to foil on a light wind, and was cruising along, proud of myself, and realized I was quite a way offshore,” Zilles told the Daily Mail. “I had a huge wipeout, and my hydrofoil skated away from me. As I was swimming away, my kite fell down, and because it was a calm day so I couldn’t get it to fly again. Suddenly I was a mile offshore and my ride was over.”

Zilles tried to swim to the shore but was hampered by his gear. He looked at his Apple Watch to tell the time, then remembered that he could also now use it to make calls.

“I was really surprised that I had a strong signal, so I called my kids, and said, ‘Don’t worry, I crashed and I’m swimming to shore, and will be home late. I then called my son back, and asked him to send me the number of the Coast Guard, just in case.”

When his son sent him the number, and he started to realise that there were great white sharks in the area, Zilles called the Coast Guard who were able to find him.

Back on dry land and safe and sound, Zilles said that he wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook to tell him about how his product had helped him, and Cook replied, “Wow. Happy to hear you are safe.”

Image: #GoCoastGuard (@gocoastguard) • Instagram photos and videos

Source: Apple Watch helps save kitesurfer in shark-infested waters | Cult of Mac

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