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Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company’s aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities.

Apple Reno Nevada data center

The initial facilities at Apple’s data center within the new Reno Technology Park began operating in early 2013, following large scale construction preparations to build one of the world’s greenest data centers in operation.

By the end of 2013, Apple had erected the first of its large scale server buildings on the property, ringed the site with rainwater culverts and security fencing, and had installed sophisticated water cooling systems.

Just over a year later, the company now has two massive buildings on the site, providing twice the capacity of its initial large structure. However, with 345 acres of land reserved by Apple, there’s plenty more room to grow.

The site is situated across the highway from existing solar facilities operated by NV Energy, but a reported partnership between the utility, Apple and SunPower will greatly expand the area’s energy output.

In 2013, Apple announced that a new 137 acre solar array would eventually provide “43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy, equivalent to taking 6,400 passenger vehicles off the road per year.”

March 29, 2015   No Comments

Site cleared for Apple’s new flagship retail store at San Francisco’s Union Square

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s efforts to build a large new flagship store at Union Square in San Francisco have nearly completed the demolition of the existing building on the site, where little remains apart from a concrete foundation, steps and a folk art fountain that will be relocated as part of the construction project.

Apple Store Union Square construction

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March 24, 2015   No Comments

Apple Inc Campus 2 Spaceship Ring tops out cafeteria segment (video)

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The grand, expansive dining area portal of the center “Spaceship” Ring in Apple’s Campus 2 mega-project has reached its ceiling, with a steel structure now only barely visible over the construction barrier from the street, but clearly discernible from the air.

Apple Campus 2 Gates
Apple Campus 2 Gates, from the street

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March 21, 2015   No Comments

Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple in Shenzhen

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has singled out Greater China–including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan–as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan followed by a week in Hong Kong and a week in Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic of China.


Futian District, Shenzhen. River is Hong Kong’s border

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March 19, 2015   2 Comments

Exclusive March aerial tour of Apple Inc’s Campus 2 shows ‘Spaceship’ Ring, tunnel, theater progress, more

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s Campus 2 mega-project continues to progress on its “Spaceship” Ring, where concrete panels are filling out a floor. Tunnels that will connect to parking garages are emerging, the first parking structure is getting its finishing steps before the installation of solar panels.

Apple Campus 2 March 15Apple Campus 2 in March 2015, viewed from the south

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March 16, 2015   No Comments

Marvell ships first SDK support for Apple’s iOS 8 HomeKit with its ARM IoT chips powering connected appliances

Daniel Eran Dilger

Marvell announced that it is the first silicon vendor to release a complete software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s HomeKit, which it has paired with its controller and wireless components, noting that several manufacturers are already using its products to develop new HomeKit accessories.

Marvell 88MC200

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March 16, 2015   No Comments

Who’s afraid of the Apple Watch?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple Watch has incited more mocking disbelief, concerned handwringing and passionate prognostications of doom–for Apple, for its buyers, for society in general–than any product since iPhone, with the potential exception of iPad. Maybe Apple is onto something here.

Apple Watch

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March 15, 2015   No Comments

Apple Inc drives CarPlay adoption deep into the auto industry, including China [u]

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple now lists every major carmaker as a “committed partner” for CarPlay, including every company that produces more than a million cars per year–with the notable exception of China’s state owned, “big four” vehicle producers (and those manufacturers largely sell models in joint ventures with Apple’s CarPlay partners).

CarPlay

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March 13, 2015   No Comments

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook calls CNBC’s Jim Cramer on 10th anniversary special of “Mad Money” TV show

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook telephoned CNBC financial entertainment star Jim Cramer to congratulate him on ten years of performing his “Mad Money” high energy cable TV show, which injects wild hysterics and physical comedy rage into the generally buttoned down world of financial news.

Tim Cook Jim Cramer CNBC Mad Money

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March 12, 2015   No Comments

Apple Inc. has acquired 26 firms in 15 months while pursuing increased diversity, a confident Tim Cook tells shareholders

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Riding high the day after detailing a series of new products at its Spring Forward event, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook recapped the company’s progress at its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, with a particular focus on acquisitions, partnerships and achieving the kind of diversity that reflects the company’s growing, global audience of employees and customers.

Tim Cook

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March 11, 2015   1 Comment

Apple Pay finds frauds reporting

Daniel Eran Dilger

When Apple rolls out a rare new product–rather than canceling it internally–you’d have to be naive to think it was rushed to market without much consideration and therefore probably doomed to failure. But you’d be equally naive to think that the incumbents positioned in the path of Apple’s next potential juggernaut wouldn’t desperately seek to defend their turf, bending the truth to the breaking point if necessary.

Apple Pay

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March 9, 2015   1 Comment

Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Hong Kong

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has singled out Greater China–including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan–as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan followed by a week in Hong Kong.


Hong Kong island skyline from Victoria Harbor

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March 6, 2015   No Comments

Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Taiwan

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has singled out Greater China–including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan–as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan.


Taipei 101 towers over other skyscrapers in the skyline of Taiwan’s largest city

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March 4, 2015   No Comments

Apple Inc Campus 2, Phase 2 plans R&D facilities big enough to design a car

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple is moving forward with advanced plans for Phase 2 of its ambitious Campus 2 project, including testing workshops and research and development facilities with enough room to develop and test new products the size of an automobile.

Apple Campus 2 Phase 2
Apple Campus 2 Phase 2, take 2

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February 17, 2015   No Comments

Exclusive February aerial tour of Apple Inc’s Campus 2 shows ‘Spaceship’ Ring rising, theater progress, more

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s Campus 2 mega-project is showing major progress in its “Spaceship” Ring, where interlocking concrete slabs are building a foundation for a steel structure that is already beginning to reach upward by four stories. The first massive parking garage is nearly finished and existing buildings have been demolished to make room for a second stage R&D site.


Apple Campus 2 in February 2015, viewed from the south

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February 9, 2015   No Comments