Apple's New Developer Center Looks Like The Perfect Place For a Scaled-Down WWDC
The two story building next to the visitor center has everything they need for a great venue
John Gruber has just revealed that he’s heard Apple’s new developer center is located at Tantau 14 across the street from the Apple Park Visitor Center. The nondescript building is located directly on North Tantau Avenue and is easily visible to the public so it’s unlikely it was intended for any sort of super serious confidential work. This location makes quite a bit of sense.
Tantau 14 has its own parking lot in addition to the one at the Apple Park Visitor Center, both of which they’ll need to use for public events. The building is also two stories and fairly large. In fact it’s about twice the size of the Apple Park Visitor Center in terms of footprint.
In addition to being a large and easily accessible building, it’s also right across the street from the Steve Jobs Theater. Looking at Apple Maps reveals two paths from Tantau 14 to the theater. One of the them requires you to go through the Tantau reception building while the other appears to be primarily for vehicles and includes a barrier. To the north of Tantau 14 is the Visitor Center. This is great for two reasons. It places an Apple store in close proximity for developers to pick up new gear that they may need and allows them to get exclusive products only available there.
The Apple Park Visitor Center also has a delightful outdoor space with plenty of tables. And some of you may know that the Apple Park Visitor Center also serves coffee and snacks. Simple refreshments are covered.
This location really has everything they need to host a miniature version of an in-person WWDC. They’ve got a large two story building with plenty of space for sessions. Two parking lots for attendees and outdoor seating with refreshments available. An Apple retail store with exclusive products. And easy access to the Steve Jobs Theater without requiring them to get anywhere near the main Apple Park ring. Makes a lot of sense. Hope Gruber’s right.