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That’s an idea: it’s a full-scale mockup of a house with Apple’s wise home tech integrated into everything–lights, appliances, television, etc.

It sounds plausible but also not very interesting besides the TV. These sort of home automation products and health products can be made to sound interesting in marketing material but in everyday use, they're boring to interact with and the home products would require wiring them in, which nobody is going to do.

I reckon they are going to introduce a new category of product that will be an expected category but Apple is expecting that lots of people will want a hands-on so is providing enough space for everyone to try the new products out.
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I don't think it's anything. They always have concerts afterwards. Thats what this is. 

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Hope it's more carplay announcements.

 

Man, has the aftermarket car audio industry met CarPlay with crickets or what? I'd *LOVE* to retrofit a CarPlay deck, but the dearth of choices is depressing.

 

Pioneer, one of what, two? companies to offer it all, has a weird approach -- they only offer CarPlay in expensive models that include fancy navigation, voice control and other functions that are completely redundant to a CarPlay user! Why would I want to pay for all those fancy features in a unit that can access identical functions from my iPhone? It doesn't make any sense.

 

I wish Apple would just make a head unit themselves, but I won't hold my breath.

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It sounds plausible but also not very interesting besides the TV. These sort of home automation products and health products can be made to sound interesting in marketing material but in everyday use, they're boring to interact with and the home products would require wiring them in, which nobody is going to do.

I reckon they are going to introduce a new category of product that will be an expected category but Apple is expecting that lots of people will want a hands-on so is providing enough space for everyone to try the new products out.

 

It'll be a giant Samsung Galaxy product smashing area. Have fun everyone!

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Surely this proves there will be a 5.5" iPhone¡

 

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Apple will demonstrate anti-gravity engines for the flying cars.

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My official guess: it's a mock-up of a house for a full-scale HomeKit demo.

Maybe even with a next-gen Apple TV set-top box as the hub.

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This was my initial thought. "Wish we could say more" could very well mean more advancements in voice activation/Siri tech too. 


I WANT TO CONTROL MY HOME WITH MY VOICE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Ideally, it would be via a two-way PA in every room. Since every room should have speakers for your music, that system would obviously include a microphone (don’t say it can’t be done cheaply; my elementary school had one and it was installed before Apple made computers with mice). Barring an installed system, having an iDevice in your pocket or in your hands and using it as the remote is the best option, and if Apple IS getting into homes it’s the one they’ll choose. 

 

Still, speakers in every room is the future I desire.

 

I want to just be able to say to the air, “dim the lights a bit” and it would dim the lights a bit. Or “I’d like to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and not only would it dim the lights to my preset (or off) that I set for movie watching, it would automatically turn on my TV, Apple TV, and play the movie.

 

I want to be able to take a call and just walk around my house and talk (speaker/mic combo again). I want to set my HVAC and be notified about my oven and my laundry loads being completed.

 

We’ve had the tech to make the future of the 50s a reality for 10 years now. What’s the holdup?!

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Apple is expecting that lots of people will want a hands-on so is providing enough space for everyone to try the new products out.

 

Makes sense, but why two storeys high?

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A Cupertino resident had an eyewitness account at the Mercury News, saying that it looked like a sound stage for a rock concert was being built.

 

This would lead me to believe that there would be some sort of Beats-related announcement featuring a live concert (perhaps after the main presentation).

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I don't think it's anything. They always have concerts afterwards. Thats what this is. 

 

They couldn't have a concert on the same stage as the product announcement?  2400 seats vs the usual 300 seats?  I think it's more than a concert.

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Additional room for twerking classes with Miley Cyrus.

 

Makes sense.  iWork was recently updated, time to unveil iTwerk.

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Makes sense, but why two storeys high?

Ever been to an Apple store? A low ceiling is a killer if you expect a lot of people. Besides, perhaps it will be two stories?  As has been suggested already, I am thinking it will be a demo area. Carplay , homekit and health kit. This event is a HUGE marketing event so it is important that the journalists get to really play with the goods. One thing is just to report on what is said, another is to report on demos and first hand experience. 

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Makes sense, but why two storeys high?

 

Acoustics. The entire chamber will be a live demo of Beats headphone technology in the form of a building.

 

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A Cupertino resident had an eyewitness account at the Mercury News, saying that it looked like a sound stage for a rock concert was being built.

 

This would lead me to believe that there would be some sort of Beats-related announcement featuring a live concert (perhaps after the main presentation).

 

The pictures in that story help show the scale of this building.

 

 

I am not seeing anything that could be a "stage" in the any pictures online. Pretty big temporary building. 

 

 

Lots of stuff to put inside. I like the black curtains to keep us from seeing inside the entrance. So Apple. 

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Apple is expecting that lots of people will want a hands-on so is providing enough space for everyone to try the new products out.

 

Makes sense, but why two storeys high?

 

It is more dramatic for those inside, but more importantly it will stay cooler. Also, looking at the pictures it looks more than two stories. It looks like a "Theatre" unto itself with room for a fly gallery. Pretty big building.

 

Perhaps Apple is bringing the 70's back and this is the first of many iDiscos!

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This event is going to be HUGE!

Apple themselves have built up the huge hype, with their previous statements, and they no doubt are going to be showing off a whole bunch of new devices and making some important announcements!

This isn't just about some larger iPhone. That will only be a part of it.

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A Cupertino resident had an eyewitness account at the Mercury News, saying that it looked like a sound stage for a rock concert was being built.

 

This would lead me to believe that there would be some sort of Beats-related announcement featuring a live concert (perhaps after the main presentation).

 

There is false information in that article:

 

The company has not unveiled a new product at the Flint Center since the launch of the original Macintosh in 1984, instead using such venues as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the California Theater in San Jose and its own Cupertino headquarters.

 

What about the iMac in 1998? According to the loop, that was also at the Flint Center.


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Also, I don't believe that this is two stories tall.

 

Most other places are talking about three stories tall.

 

And if you look at the picture posted in post #54, you can clearly see the size of the structure, compared to the tiny worker. That is not two stories tall! It's bigger.

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Man, has the aftermarket car audio industry met CarPlay with crickets or what? I'd *LOVE* to retrofit a CarPlay deck, but the dearth of choices is depressing.

 

Pioneer, one of what, two? companies to offer it all, has a weird approach -- they only offer CarPlay in expensive models that include fancy navigation, voice control and other functions that are completely redundant to a CarPlay user! Why would I want to pay for all those fancy features in a unit that can access identical functions from my iPhone? It doesn't make any sense.

 

I wish Apple would just make a head unit themselves, but I won't hold my breath.

 

I've commented on this before. Some developer just needs to write an App to perform the functions of a car stereo. Pair it up with any of the numerous I/O modules and you've got a high-end deck. Using the audio capabilities of iOS you could even have numerous outputs - subs, mids and highs all with custom crossovers, EQ and time delay.

 

Imagine an iPhone with a 16 channel audio interface to connect to all your amps and even support an external input or two.

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I WANT TO CONTROL MY HOME WITH MY VOICE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Ideally, it would be via a two-way PA in every room. Since every room should have speakers for your music, that system would obviously include a microphone (don’t say it can’t be done cheaply; my elementary school had one and it was installed before Apple made computers with mice). Barring an installed system, having an iDevice in your pocket or in your hands and using it as the remote is the best option, and if Apple IS getting into homes it’s the one they’ll choose. 

Still, speakers in every room is the future I desire.

I want to just be able to say to the air, “dim the lights a bit” and it would dim the lights a bit. Or “I’d like to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and not only would it dim the lights to my preset (or off) that I set for movie watching, it would automatically turn on my TV, Apple TV, and play the movie.

I want to be able to take a call and just walk around my house and talk (speaker/mic combo again). I want to set my HVAC and be notified about my oven and my laundry loads being completed.

We’ve had the tech to make the future of the 
50s a reality for 10 years now. What
’s the holdup?!

It would take so much effort to wire all that up, every light switch, every device with custom controllers. What needs to come first is for home product and appliance manufacturers to bundle wireless controllers already so that eventually, they'll all just work under an automated system. For someone to take a completely standard house and overhaul it would be far too much for someone to undertake. Ozzy Osbourne had his house done and the results are here:


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Makes sense, but why two storeys high?

Some reports said 3 storeys. It looks too narrow to be for a music event. I would guess the reason for making multiple storeys is that it's easier than expanding temporary space outwards, they might not have room to expand a single level out.

Maybe it's for a new cellular and wifi-capable version of Beats that streams music from the cloud wherever you are that is location-aware. Maybe you'll be able to walk around different zones and it will pick the next track based on activity. This would replace the iPod entirely. I think they'll have to do something with Beats after spending over $3b on it.
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...area where Apple traditionally allows journalists to fondle new products following their announcement.

I approve of this. I also approve of future variations on the theme.

“We got into bed with the new iPad...”
“After motorboating the Broadwell MacBook Pro...”
“We turned on the new iPhone’s vibrate function...”
“We were standing behind the Mac Mini in a crowded Japanese commuter train...”

There's this TV ad for an adjustable mattresses that shows an attractive young couple in their jammies, struggling with something that looks like a giant wishbone ... the voiceover says "your mattress is a platform of thwarted desire ..."
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Originally Posted by Phone-UI-Guy View Post

Lots of stuff to put inside.

 

Carpets rolled up. House mockup confirmed.

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Carpets rolled up. House mockup confirmed.

Or just a carpet for the floor for whatever temporary structure they are building?
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I have my doubts this is a stage for a rock concert. I still think it's going to be a massive demo area with maybe a lot of 3rd party stuff that integrates with HealthKit and HomeKit. 9to5Mac claims Apple is working on 1st party hardware for HomeKit,so maybe we'll see something there?
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
Or just a carpet for the floor for whatever temporary structure they are building?

 

Ah, but what Apple-designed building meant for the general population has carpet?

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I WANT TO CONTROL MY HOME WITH MY VOICE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Ideally, it would be via a two-way PA in every room. Since every room should have speakers for your music, that system would obviously include a microphone (don’t say it can’t be done cheaply; my elementary school had one and it was installed before Apple made computers with mice). Barring an installed system, having an iDevice in your pocket or in your hands and using it as the remote is the best option, and if Apple IS getting into homes it’s the one they’ll choose. 

Still, speakers in every room is the future I desire.

I want to just be able to say to the air, “dim the lights a bit” and it would dim the lights a bit. Or “I’d like to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and not only would it dim the lights to my preset (or off) that I set for movie watching, it would automatically turn on my TV, Apple TV, and play the movie.

I want to be able to take a call and just walk around my house and talk (speaker/mic combo again). I want to set my HVAC and be notified about my oven and my laundry loads being completed.

We’ve had the tech to make the future of the 
50s a reality for 10 years now. What
’s the holdup?!

You mean like this? Been able to practically everything you desire already.

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Apple will demonstrate anti-gravity engines for the flying cars.

Is that a pCell in your pocket -- or are you just glad to see me?
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Apple is expecting that lots of people will want a hands-on so is providing enough space for everyone to try the new products out.

Makes sense, but why two storeys high?

Air movement/Cooling for 2,500 excited people in a small, enclosed area on a typical 80-90 degree day.
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Isn't it obvious?  Dr. Dre is holding an after party in there.

This might be much about Beats, such as renaming the 1 Infinite Loop campus to Beats headquarters and dropping the iTunes name.

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Or just a carpet for the floor for whatever temporary structure they are building?

Because it is a temporary structure, I doubt it will actually have a second floor. You would need a full reinforced concrete foundation to support load bearing beams. The public safely requirements would be too extensive for a multi-level building that was just to be used for one day.

 

The shape doesn't seem like it would have very good acoustics for a concert either.

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This might be much about Beats, such as renaming the 1 Infinite Loop campus to Beats headquarters and dropping the iTunes name.

 

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So what could that building be? Simply because there is no room outside the auditorium for 2,300 people to look at the devices? Could it be a demo home for HomeKit-compatible equipment? Something else?

 

This is exactly what I was thinking. Apple is going to enter the home automation space and the building is a living room/kitchen, etc area where they can demo it. Maybe this ties with with both iOS 8, iPhone and iWatch.

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You guys have missed the obvious here, it is a hall for the dancing girls. Haven't you read how strip clubs and call girls are making a killing in the Silicon Valley due all the socially backward men working there. This is just Apples way of coming out.
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You guys have missed the obvious here, it is a hall for the dancing girls. Haven't you read how strip clubs and call girls are making a killing in the Silicon Valley due all the socially backward men working there. This is just Apples way of coming out.

 

Worst possible choice of words.

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It's definitely intriguing. Maybe U2 puts on a post-announcement concert?


U2 is so last decade. They are going to have Yaoband perform. On the new iPad even. 

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post #77 of 132
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It can't just be an area for journalists to play with new toys. 

 

Sure it can be. If that's what Apple wants. Just like they could have gone to Yerba or done it on campus but they wanted to return to the site of the 1984 announcement for whatever reason. 

 

And if Apple wants, they generally do. 

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You guys have missed the obvious here, it is a hall for the dancing girls. Haven't you read how strip clubs and call girls are making a killing in the Silicon Valley due all the socially backward men working there. This is just Apples way of coming out.


if it was Apple's way of coming out, shouldn't they be dancing guys?

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post #79 of 132
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Man, has the aftermarket car audio industry met CarPlay with crickets or what? I'd *LOVE* to retrofit a CarPlay deck, but the dearth of choices is depressing.

 

Pioneer, one of what, two? companies to offer it all, has a weird approach -- they only offer CarPlay in expensive models that include fancy navigation, voice control and other functions that are completely redundant to a CarPlay user! Why would I want to pay for all those fancy features in a unit that can access identical functions from my iPhone? It doesn't make any sense.

 

I wish Apple would just make a head unit themselves, but I won't hold my breath.

Yes apple and pioneer are the only two that I have heard of making aftermarket solutions. I can't retrofit my Audi S4, and I will be in the market for a new vehicle in the next 1 to 2 years, but I have yet to see auto makers what years and models will have car play, this would put them higher on my list, but obviously wouldn't be the only reason to get that particular vehicle.

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