They're called the "Black Labs", but, like Steve Jobs himself, they're not about to lick your hand. The Black Labs are a series of 17 anechoic chambers, costing up to $1.2 million each, on Apple's Infinite Loop campus, super-secret - until now. After Jobs' Friday mea culpa on the controversial antenna problems on Apple's new iPhone 4, a select group of journalists including Engadget's Joshua Topolsky were given a tour of some of rooms to back up Jobs statement that the reception problem wasn't due to a lack of testing, and that Apple's facilities were, in fact, far superior to the chintzy set-ups such as those deployed by Consumer Reports to create their publicity grabbing "don't buy" press blitz for the same iPhone4 that beat out all other smartphones in their latest rating. No pictures or video allowed by Apple during the tour, but Apple PR helpfully released a few more images of what must be some of the most surreal interiors around today. You can check them out, and read Topolsy's capable report, here.
Patrik Schumacher Partner, Zaha Hadid Architects, lectures at School of Architecture, UIC, 5:30 p.m., October 6. More info here also Tuesday
Ron Klemencic and Rob Chielowski of Magnusson Kelmencic Associates lecture at SEAOI October Dinner Meeting, 6:15 p.m. October 6,The
Cliff Dwellers. Info here
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