Now, when are they going to get a bar that staff can drink in without having to worry about losing precious prototypes?
Apple knows that sometimes all it takes for a secret to get out is for a stranger to witness something and start spreading the word. So, in an effort to keep all discussions about product development and goings on at Apple absolutely secret, Apple is building an off-campus restaurant for its staff. This will be a place close to Apple where employees can eat and openly discuss their work without the fear that a competitor might be spying (or simply frequenting the same restaurant) and will take the opportunity to eavesdrop.
"We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking about their business, their research and whatever project they’re engineering without fear of competition sort of overhearing their conversations," The Next Web quotes Dan Whisenhunt, Director of real estate facilities at Apple, as saying at a Cupertino Planning Commission meeting.
Apple's application for planning permission for the 21,468-square-foot cafeteria, which will include a cafe, a meeting room, lounge areas, and courtyard facilities, has already been approved. The restaurant will differ from Apple's current on-campus eatery in that it will not cater for non-Apple employees. While the cafe at Apple allows those from the outside world to dine in if they're signed in by an employee, this new cafeteria will be strictly Apple-only.