Regular people can now enter Apple's humongous headquarters in Cupertino, California. Apple has officially opened its Visitors Center, a way for guests and neighbors to experience Apple Park's innovations.
Apple Park Opens To Public
This is the second time Apple opened its doors to the public; the first was on Sept. 12 when industry folks and journalists got invited to a keynote presentation where the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X were unveiled.
The Visitor Center has four main segments: a traditional brick-and-mortar store, a café, an observation deck, and some sort of installation space dedicated to showcasing an augmented reality experience involving Apple Park itself.
Employees hand visitors iPads loaded with special AR software. Then they point the camera at a scale model of the Apple Park and witness it come to life on the screen, displaying various information and trivia about the different buildings within Apple Park.
Apple Park Visitor Center: Things To Do
There are a couple of things one can do inside the Visitor Center, one of which is shopping.
Prior to the opening of Apple Park Visitor Center, the only place people could purchase legitimate Apple merchandise from was Apple Infinite Loop, a retail store inside its original campus. More options are available at the Visitor Center, however. Here's a look at some of the things you can buy:
• Buy Apple shirts: There are two shirt designs available, one with an Apple Park symbol and the other with a simple Apple logo. Different colors are available. The shirts are $40 each and they come in traditional Apple-style fancy packaging. They're 100 percent cotton, too.
• Buy hats, bags, and baby stuff: Apple also offers different park bag designs, which are similar to the T-shirts. They're $25 apiece. Onesies and baby shirts are priced at $20. The pricing is very Apple.
• Go to the roof terrace: Guests are welcome to go upstairs to the roof terrace for beautiful views of the main building and "some of the 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees on the grounds," according to Apple.
• Explore a virtual Apple Park: As mentioned already, guests are encouraged to try and immerse themselves in a 3D model of the whole campus using iPads and AR. visitors can learn neat little facts about the space, such as it being one of the world's largest solar energy installations.
• Chill at the café: Alternatively, people can choose to sit back and chill at the café, which offers light refreshments and has both indoor and outdoor seating.