Apple’s new data center magically appears on Google Earth and Maps

Apple’s new data center can now be seen on Google Earth and Maps, where until yesterday it only showed woods and farmland with a driveway that ended in the middle of a field. Now you can see the data center in all its glory.

It seems to be quite a coincidence that the data center has now appeared after Apple announced that iCloud would be shown off at WWDC next week. We assume that this huge data center will be the source of all the iCloud goodness that we will find out about on Monday coming. Remember, we will be covering all the events as they unfold.

If you want to have a look at the data center for yourself, just type in 6081 Startown Road, Maiden NC into your Google Maps search box!



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Apple’s new data center magically appears on Google Earth and Maps


@Aliff: Well, to be fair, that land was probably cleared for farming well over a century ago, so Apple most likely had little if anything to do with that area's "deforestation."

Because NC has one of the best technology infrastructures in the country. Some of the largest technology companies in the world call NC home.

It would be difficult and a bad idea to operate a datacenter like that in CA. You want stable ground that is not pron to earthquakes, hurricanes or typhoons. You also want a stable electric grid.and of course cheep land.

Those are not satellite pictures, its aerial photographs taken by airplanes and updated from time to time. Nothing magical about it.

Why oh why didn't they build it in the shape of the Apple logo. How cool would that have looked on Google earth.

Verry funny, tell that to HTC's unibody android phones. Apple not having a removable battery has never hurt anyways as out of the box their devices have some of the best battery life in the industry.
However in the past iPod batteries not being swapable has been annoying. Used to be people changed phones a lot but kept mp3s for a few years.
Now I can store everything on my Droid Incredible.

Don't bother with street view. You won't see anything from the road. I live 20 minutes away. During construction you could see a bit of it, but once it was done they built a berm and now you can only see a driveway. You can't even see any light as you drive by. As to "deforestation," don't be silly. The area is farmland and most forest is less than 50-75 years old.

Huge building, very little parking. That is kinda surprising. Guess it doesn't take many people to actually maintain the behemoth.