At today’s event, Steve Jobs gave the audience a glimpse of the the space-age chambers that Apple uses to test its prototype iPhones. Apple posted the pictures and, as MG Siegler said, it’s basically Professor X’s brain scan room.
Jobs said that the test chamber is the “biggest room” on Apple’s campus and explained that “you have to build these rooms or you don’t get accurate results”. The one shown above, according to the picture’s file name, is actually called the “Stargate Chamber”.
Apple invested over $US100 million to construct 17 of these anechoic chambers which “are connected to sophisticated equipment that simulates cellular base stations, Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth devices – even GPS satellites.” Apple has a pretty remarkable video tour of the facilities over at their new Testing Labs site.
In today’s press conference, Jobs said that tests in the chambers are administered by 18 PhD-holding scientists and engineers to evaluate new phones. I’ll bet they all look like the dudes from Avatar. [Apple – thanks Mario; Engadget]