Apple shuts down potential copies of its Steve Jobs Theater by patenting its design

Image: Foster + Partners, Apple.

Apple has been granted a patent for its Steve Jobs Theater, located at the new Apple Park Campus. Copycats beware.

The patent, originally filed on February 2nd, 2016, was officially granted to Apple today, August 28, 2018. According to the patent, Apple wants to patent “The ornamental design for a building, as shown and described.

According to 9to5Mac, the patent isn’t for the technology within the Steve Jobs Theater, rather the design of the entrance, and above-ground glass structure. The Steve Jobs Theater is a circular glass wall without any support columns and a carbon-fiber roof.

The decision to name the theater was made February 2017, and fittingly named after the late co-founder and CEO, Steven Paul Jobs. In an official Apple statement regarding the Steve Jobs Theater, “To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater is situated atop a hill — one of the highest points within Apple Park — overlooking meadows and the main building.


Image: 9to5Mac

The total cost of Apple Park was estimated at around $5 Billion Dollars, with the Steve Jobs Theater accounting for $180 million dollars.

The first event held at the new Apple Park and the Steve Jobs Theater was the unveiling of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X last September. We expect Apple to once again use the theater to unveil the new iPhone models, iPad Pro’s, and updated Mac line this Fall.

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