April in Apple Park: Duncan Sinfield’s last drone flyover?

“It’s only a matter of time until the campus becomes shut-off to drones completely.”

From Duncan Sinfield’s A Very Private Corporate Campus:

This is an extended length video, it’s only a matter of time until the campus becomes shut-off to drones completely… with a geo-fence, or something similar. Security at Apple Park generally responds in two white Prius’s to my precise take-off locations in 10 minutes or less. While this is speculation, my instincts tell me that Apple is tracking all drones in the vicinity of the campus with sophisticated radio frequency technology from companies such as DeDrone (a San Francisco-based aerospace security company). As always, I respect all requests by Apple Security to land my drone and leave the area when asked to do so. They are always asking if I’m an Apple employee too. So to all of the Apple Employees watching (and reading), don’t fly your drones over The Park, it’s frowned upon!

Cue the video:

Best viewed full screen.

My take: Thanks to Sinfield for his excellent work over the past two and a half years. Links to his previous Apple Park updates—all 30 of them—are available here.


  1. Richard Wanderman said:
    That was one my my favorite flyovers (yet) of Apple Park. I particularly liked that he flew out into the surrounding houses toward the end so we can see how the campus is situated relative to what was there before it.

    Once its fully populated and things are up to speed, it would be interesting to see how cars que up to get into the big garage. To me that looks like a bottleneck but hopefully they stagger arrival times or something to make it easier.

    April 16, 2018
  2. Ken Cheng said:
    Wow, 30 videos, and I”m sure I’ve watched them all over the years.

    Apple Park looks nice, landscaping is almost all done. Can’t wait for Apple to have their arborist create a video tour of the trees around the facility.

    If this were a Chinese company HQ, they’d have colored LED lights all thru the roof, so they could do dancing light shows at night, kind of like the alien ship in Close Encounters.

    April 16, 2018
  3. Fred Stein said:
    Duncan shows us Steve’s taste: gorgeous, exquisite, impressive, clean, unique.

    Almost all other architects work too hard to be special, to out-do the others. Steve and his architects held to the early 20th century architectural manifesto, “Form follows function”, a worthy wikipedia read, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Form_follows_function

    April 16, 2018
  4. John Butt said:
    Flying drones without permission from the people below is illegal in NZ and has been for at least a couple of years. For safety and privacy reasons. It must also follow air traffic control flight path rules and notifications if within a few kilometres of an airport – cant recall how far but it is not trivial
    It’s strange that a similar law is not in California

    April 16, 2018

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