What's it like to play Pokémon Go at Apple's campus?
I recently took a field trip to Apple's headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino California for the sole purpose of trying to catch 'em all with Pokémon Go. It turns out, Apple employees are a lot like you and me. They put their pants on, one leg at a time, and like to get out into the fresh air and take a nice walk (while looking for rare types of Pokémon in the tall grass).
The main building of the Apple campus is literally built on a loop. So, it is very easy to take a walk around the headquarters without forgetting where you parked your car. It was a cool, sunny day in Cupertino when I went on my Poké walk.
The main entrance
When you first drive up to the front entrance of the mail building of the Apple Campus, you are greeted with your first PokéStop, which is actually the mural on the side of the BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. You can sit in the grass under a shade tree and catch Pokémon for hours without interruption.
I caught my fair share of Rattatas, and Pidgeys at the front entrance. But, I also caught an evolved Dodrio, which is somewhat uncommon in my neck of the woods.
The official address, 1 Infinite Loop, is where the main lobby, guest entrance, and Apple Retail store are located. It's bustling with visitors excited to snap a picture outside of the main sign or in front of the Apple Retail store. There is a Pokémon gym set up right by the front doors, which you can reach from inside the Apple Retail store, as well.
So, while shopping for a new Apple Watch band, you can take down or train up a gym. As for catching Pokémon, it appears that Apples famous retail store is infested with Rattatas.
Building 3 - 6
There are entrances to Apple headquarters on all sides of the building's loop. Next to the front and side entrances, there are signs letting passersby know where they are (2 Infinity Loop, 3 Infinity Loop, etc). Signs 2, 3, and 6 are all PokéStops that you can visit.
These are the employee entrances, but it didn't stop someone from setting a lure at loop 2. Which I believe contributed to my ability to catch an Abra and a Tauros.
Was it worth it?
Not really. The Apple campus is so locked down that you can't really go exploring through the inner sanctum. Even if you could, you would be wasting your time because there are no Pokémon inside. There are exactly four PokéStops and one gym on the Apple campus.
If you are there to pick up a cool Apple t-shirt or one of those fancy Apple pens, make a trip around the campus collecting whatever Pokémon and loot you can before you leave. Otherwise, visit the Google campus less than 10 miles away. It's more open and has way more PokéStops and gyms.
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