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Apple's 'Spaceship' HQ Delayed to 2016

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New building initially planned for 2015.

Apple's plans for constructing a spaceship-inspired headquarters based in Cupertino may have been delayed to mid-2016. An updated proposal filed with the city revealed a delay from the initial plan of a 2015 launch. Apple wanted to break ground this year, but an environmental impact report may not be completed until June, 2013.

"They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly," said Cupertino City Manager David Brandt. He pointed to the fact that the situation relies on the city council's approval, as well as lack of opposition from residents. "The project is running a little bit slow."

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed the plans for the headquarters last year. It's designed as one large circle boasting four stories and 2.8 million square feet. The firm said in 2011 that it hopes to have 12,000 employees on the campus, an increase from around 2,800 in its current headquarters. In revised proposals, however, the figure has increased to 14,000.

During his statement presented to the Cupertino City Council last year, Jobs said the building is "a bit like a spaceship landed," in addition to the fact that it doesn't have a single "straight piece of glass...it's all curved." The campus itself is said to be 80 percent landscape, accompanied by 7,000 trees.

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    Pyree , November 27, 2012 9:40 AM
    I'll hate to make trips to the opposite side of the building, knowing I can't walk in the most direct path.
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    dade_182 , November 27, 2012 9:18 AM
    Another Zak special, paid for by Apple.
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    25gtt , November 27, 2012 9:20 AM
    Wow, we better move quick on this one then. I hereby patent the following terms:

    I-Tree
    I-Spaceship
    I-2016

    ....In before Apple...... Or Samsung :-)



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  • 13 Hide
    dade_182 , November 27, 2012 9:18 AM
    Another Zak special, paid for by Apple.
  • 13 Hide
    25gtt , November 27, 2012 9:20 AM
    Wow, we better move quick on this one then. I hereby patent the following terms:

    I-Tree
    I-Spaceship
    I-2016

    ....In before Apple...... Or Samsung :-)



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    kensingtron , November 27, 2012 9:29 AM
    I would rather the money invested in R&D than extravagant Architecture. Curved glass on a radius that large will not make a huge visual impact compared to flat panes of glass. The "London Gherkin" is a perfect example of flat glass creating a curve. Interesting idea though.
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    Pyree , November 27, 2012 9:40 AM
    I'll hate to make trips to the opposite side of the building, knowing I can't walk in the most direct path.
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    losiul , November 27, 2012 9:42 AM
    It's rounder!
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    JOSHSKORN , November 27, 2012 9:45 AM
    Maybe users will wake up by 2016 and stop buying iPhones and instead start buying Androids, or who knows, maybe even Windows Phones. Apple's workforce increases to 14,000, then layoffs start happening.

    I still think Microsoft will have the Smartphone to beat in a few years, as it may be become the ultimate portable PC (that can run Crysis) and have built-in Kinect technology.
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    captainblacko , November 27, 2012 9:50 AM
    do you think they've went for curved windows because they didn't want Microsoft lodging a complaint against them for using a tile based approached to their windows layout?
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    mrmaia , November 27, 2012 10:07 AM
    Another "article" you can guess it's from Zak before opening. How is this tech news? It's engineering news at most.
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    chicofehr , November 27, 2012 10:13 AM
    I'm sure Steve Jobs had it designed on an iPad so I guess that is why its tech news :p 
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    waxdart , November 27, 2012 10:15 AM
    It's a big Roomba.
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    eternalkp , November 27, 2012 10:20 AM
    will apple still be relevant by 2016?
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    manicmike , November 27, 2012 11:56 AM
    Quote:
    will apple still be relevant by 2016?


    Apple is only relevant to iSheep and tech news sites that point out how their "innovation" is "sputtering". They're barely relevant now. :D 
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    bllue , November 27, 2012 12:34 PM
    eternalkpwill apple still be relevant by 2016?

    Not if they don't come out with a new fad (which may or may not flop). Innovation inside Apple has dwindled. You can only resize things for so long. Here's hoping someone other than Apple takes the reigns by then.
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    xpeh , November 27, 2012 1:03 PM
    What are the employees who work there going to do exactly?
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    cats_Paw , November 27, 2012 1:20 PM
    Zak is really a cool fella. His news may be apple only, but at least he is still posting stuff for us to talk about. We get to irritate him with all our comments on "apple sponsoring" but he shall not be stoped, and bring the fruit to us!

    HAIL TO YOU ZAK ISLAM.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 27, 2012 1:25 PM
    In Cupertino did Steve Jobs
    A circular headquarters did decree...
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    chibiwings , November 27, 2012 2:39 PM
    Zak knows his article will sell, since ranting all over apple still solds on this site.
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    cmi86 , November 27, 2012 2:56 PM
    it's rounder, it's shinier, it's still just as useless BUY IT BULID IT !! !!!
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    gm0n3y , November 27, 2012 6:06 PM
    PyreeI'll hate to make trips to the opposite side of the building, knowing I can't walk in the most direct path.

    Just walk through the middle. I'd much rather trek through some open parkland in the sun (So-Cal after all) than walk through hallways.
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    danwat1234 , November 28, 2012 1:57 AM
    I bet it'll have turbolifts that can go up/down and clockwise/counterclockwise!
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