iResorts® at the Lake

Apple Corporation and Lake Berryessa Resorts Announce First iResorts®

iPad Flat Panels May Face Off Against Slow Glass Technology

In April 1, Apple Corporation and Napa County will announce the development of the first Apple iResorts® at Lake Berryessa. The final creation of Steve Jobs before his untimely death, the iResort® concept is designed to do for personal outdoor recreation what iTunes did for personal music management and the iPad did for personal creativity and web connectivity.

Apple’s first iResort® is slated to be introduced at the south end of Lake Berryessa in the Steel Canyon Resort. Under terms of Apple’s agreement with Napa County and the new resort owners, the name of the business entity overseeing the development and operation of several resorts on Lake Berryessa will be known as Berryessa iShores® as of April 1.

Several new concepts will be introduced by Apple at Steele Canyon. Not only will visitors be able to enjoy the full range of recreational opportunities at the resort, but by downloading a new app from the Apple Store, iPad, iPhone, and iMac users will be able to remotely experience the beauty of the lake for themselves. Select visitors to the resort will be outfitted with unobtrusive personal HD cameras that will stream real-time video of their experiences. Whether it be a jet ski rider, wakeboarder, kayaker, angler, swimmer, hiker, or restaurant patron, people all over the world will be able to see what they see as it happens by selecting the appropriate video channel. 

Another feature of the new iResort® will be the extensive use of Apple’s touchscreen flat panel displays. All tables in the restaurant and lounge will essentially be giant ruggedized iPads (iTables®) allowing high-speed access to the internet and social media sites.





A potential conflict may arise because Napa County has also contracted with the University of Lake Berryessa to introduce their new “slow glass” technology in their new iResorts®. Since “slow glass” does not incorporate sensitive electronics nor does it need a power source, it may be superior to touch screen displays in certain applications.

For example, although diners may be able to eat off a large iPad display that shows a picture of a dinner plate, plates made of actual slow glass that have been visually recharged by hanging outside can actually show a Lake Berryessa scene unfold while people eat from them.




iResorts® will install slow glass windows charged with two years of real Lake Berryessa scenes next to flat panel displays showing electronically-recorded Lake Berryessa scenes in their boutique hotel rooms to compare their esthetic effect on guests.

Although future iResort® design features are being closely guarded by Apple recreation engineers, Lake Berryessa will undoubtedly be the showcase for their introduction.

App-etising Technology

App-solutely delicious. This culinary adventure app is iPad-obsessed from the start, when you peruse the Tableau menu app on the iPad 2. Each dish includes a full-screen photo that shows exactly how the food will appear when it's served on the tablet.

We found it easy to send our order to the kitchen with a few taps. We ordered a saucy selection of the eatery's California-themed food, inspired by the iPad 2's birthplace in Cupertino. We chose the Terminator Tortellini, a tribute to former Governor Schwarzenegger, and the Hollywood Sign Steak, which is cut into all nine letters of the iconic billboard.

While we watched a live stream of the chefs at work on our iPod touch side plates, our iPad 2 made the trip to the kitchen to get loaded up with tasty treats. It was deeply moving to see a delicious steak served on a stunning slice of tablet technology. Info about calories and nutrients was displayed around our pasta, and it even warned us to beware of our piping-hot food. There are downsides to iPad 2-based dishes, however. The device only has a small rim, which means it doesn't do a good job of holding sauces and other runny items.                       © Peter Kilkus 2020