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  • New Aeriel View of Apple's Data Center Turns up on Google Earth


    It's taken months to reach this point, but Apple has finally announced that iCloud is not only real, it's also coming soon. And while we continue to debate the rumored ins-and-outs of the service and its supposed attributes, we'll only have to wait until next Monday to get some answers. That's when Apple chief Steve Jobs will take the stage at Moscone Center at the World Wide Developers Conference to give a hands-on demonstration of iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and, of course, iCloud.

    What we don't have to wait until next week for, however, is an awesome new aerial view of Apple's massive North Carolina-based data center, which is believed to provide the underpinnings for the new iCloud service. So why did Apple release this stunning new image? It didn't. Instead, it comes to us by way of Google Earth - the first satellite image available of the new data center from Google.

    As Fortune magazine highlighted this morning in their findings, it remains a mystery as to how Apple apparently convinced Google to not showcase this particular up-to-date satellite view until after the iCloud announcement was made. You see, just one week ago, this view wasn't available. A head-scratcher, indeed.

    If, prior to the iCloud announcement, you asked Google Earth or Google Maps "to show you the intersection of U.S. Route 321 and Startown Road - where the data center is located - the current satellite imagery stopped a few yards short of the construction site," Fortune writer Philip Elmer-DeWitt says. Just days ago, all that could be seen from these coordinates was farmland.

    Source: Fortune
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Aeriel View of Apple's Data Center Turns up on Google Earth started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      ZOMG! If you look up my neighbours house on Google Maps all you see is a field! Maybe Apple owns that house but hasn't told anyone yet.
      Seriously like! This is nothing more than coincidence. Google Maps isn't a live feed of the planet. It updates areas periodically. Many places are still showing snaps from years ago.
      I think this takes the prize as dumbest article ever.
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      So agreed, waste of time article! ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE! Did MMi just have an actual video ad playing on this page without me requesting it?!?

      Thats a big no no MMi, I hate sites that play random video ad's Please take them off ASAP!

      -1 MMi
      loosing some "iNews Site" respect
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Ya the new MMi sucks. The writers were improving but they changed the site around to a horrible confusing interface. It may end up on the same path as Digg in my book.
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      Ya the new MMi sucks. The writers were improving but they changed the site around to a horrible confusing interface. It may end up on the same path as Digg in my book.
      nice opinion...mine is the contrary
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      is there a page on apples website saying about icloud? where did the info come from? i didnt see a post about icloud being announced....
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by EddieLeonard View Post
      is there a page on apples website saying about icloud? where did the info come from? i didnt see a post about icloud being announced....
      Apple - Press Info - Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6
      CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software - Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.
    1. camperchuck's Avatar
      camperchuck -
      Bing has it too but if you put it on angled view it shows the old image.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      This new center looks like a big hard drive from above, ironically.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      This new center looks like a big hard drive from above, ironically.
      You mean it looks rectangular like millions of buildings?
    1. BSmith's Avatar
      BSmith -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      So agreed, waste of time article! ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE! Did MMi just have an actual video ad playing on this page without me requesting it?!?

      Thats a big no no MMi, I hate sites that play random video ad's Please take them off ASAP!

      -1 MMi
      loosing some "iNews Site" respect
      Adblock man.