Apple planning underground auditorium in new campus

The plans for Apple's new campus have leaked, and there's a huge auditorium in the basement.

Apple is planning a new Spaceship Campus, set for completion in 2015, and the City of Cupertino has released a bunch of plans and technical drawings to give us a taste of what to expect, Cult of Mac reports.

And what's that in the basement? Why a massive auditorium for presentations, that's what. Expect to see plenty of "one more thing" announcements here.

This thing is huge. There's no word on how many people will be able to fit inside, but considering the car park has space for 4,300 cars, expect quite a few. There's a massive stage and tiered seating. It's like the Batcave of consumer tech.

It'll most likely be used for new product announcements, and maybe employee presentations. Seeing as it won't be finished for three years though, don't expect the iPhone 5 to make its debut there. The Apple TV could well do though, depending on how quickly Apple can produce the set.

Steve Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson he wanted to revolutionise the TV, saying Apple's gogglebox (not his word) would have the simplest user interface you could imagine. However simple the interface is, it sounds like it could take some time to perfect.

Apple is expected to become the world's first trillion dollar company, it's unlikely it'll scrimp on its new campus. A few renders trickled out last August , showing a massive loop in the centre of a large green space, like something from a sci fi film. The campus will cover 2.8 million square feet, stand four stories tall and be covered in glass -- a common feature of Apple Stores, not to mention some Apple products. You can find out more over here.

What do you think of Apple's campus? And what would you do in the underground auditorium? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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