Monday Fun Video: Apple Center Seen from the Sky

Apple Data Center, North Carolina

Remember that $2 billion world-class data center Apple is building in North Carolina, the one that could be mean or a super MobileMe or only-Jobs-knows-what? Well here's some video purporting to show it from the sky (if not show it looking like SkyNet!)

Check it out after the break and let us know what you think is going on inside those massive, machine-filled walls!

[DataCenter Knowledge via Macrumors via 9to5mac]

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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USA says:

Hey Rene, how do you like that loss last night to the US? USA > Canada! 

USA says:

*USA > Canada in hockey.

d.allen says:

Hey Rene.. this is off topic, but I just got an email about it.. and it kind of surprised me.. Android coming to ATT.. The new moto backflip.. any news on this.. I didn't find any..

Earless Puppy says:

if you look real close into the skylight on the building, you can see the new iPhone sitting on a table

Earless Puppy says:

@Rene you can tell me now that I won the Hava, hehe

iphonemilk says:

Awesome video!!
Oh yeah
GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric says:

This new datacenter combined with Lala and a massive upgrade to iLife, iWork and Mobile Me is going to make Google look like Microsoft – i.e. lame.
Hey d.allen, how's the astroturfing business? Who gives a rip about a lame Android, or Motorola Fatback?

JROMO says:

Go USA.... yhaaaaa USA USA USA

Brian says:

Wow. Quality comments on a quality post....

Steven says:

I got some inside information on that it will be a new factory to manufacture ipad and Iphone so eventually look for a made in USA on future devices. This info is very credible especially from the sources that I know.

d.allen says:

lol @ Eric, not me.. but often times when I come to this site.. they talk about their hate for att, and the iphone and att vs the verizon and android battle.. I didn't want to look around for Renes email.. as it wasn't really that important.. I just figured they'd have something to say about it, like they do will all android products.

fastlane says:

(inside the Apple Data Center)
WILLIAM SHATNER: What have you found?
APPLE EMPLOYEE 1: All I found is that these red lights keep moving back and forth. Aside from that, this place seems to have no other function whatsoever, sir.
WILLIAM SHATNER: That's impossible. It must have some sort of function, I mean why put all that money into a place with red lights that keep going back and forth. It doesn't make any sense. Keep working on it.
APPLE EMPLOYEE 2: Sir, these lights keep blinking out of sequence. What should we do about it, sir?
WILLIAM SHATNER: Get them to blink in sequence.

Joe says:


mark says:

just always white!

ElDuquay says:

Ryan Miller 1 - Canada 0
...but since Canada controlled the play for about 57 minutes, and outshot them by an embarrassing margin, I'd have to predict the US won't stand a chance should there be a rematch.

Jon Tucker says:

I wish they'd have built it in the shape of the Apple logo. How good would that of looked on Google Earth.

The Terminator says:

"Steve Jobs?" (said with Arnold accent)

Chris Jose Jackson says:

i work in apple building. massive like home county building in south mexico. plastic walls keep you divided once you enter. only your sub know what going on. you get enough information to work that day. you never see other workers and every team shift leave at same time and enter at same time. i work for 4 months now excavation and concrete. we finish our job in june and come back later in year. no equipment has been installed but shelves all around like sams club. i sign paper that i will not show architect plans to anyone. more than 60 pages for my section. much pervious concrete for water drain. good to avoid epa tax. hvac people were flown in from mexico and only a few knew they were working on apple. they had access to all rooms and server room. my old friend was one and told family once he returned what he did. they told him that i was in nc working for apple and that is how he found out that he was working on apple. we chat often about the job. he saw some cool stuff but did not understand at the time. he thought it was a furniture distribution center.

Chris Jose Jackson says:

someone emailed me. ask why i was not at work and to take photo. much snow and ice keep us from working last week and this week as i do mostly exterior work. we hope to start tomorrow or thursday. i can not take photos. workers have been kicked off jobsite for using camera phone. if you have such phone, you must register it and they put sticker on phone when you enter and remove it when you leave. i have no camera on phone but others do. sticker turns red when it is peeled. money is too good for us to lose job taking photo. please understand.

Jellotime91 says:

no canadian flag in emoji!! This is canadianist!

macharborguy says:

Willy Wonka is really moving up in the world! Good think Oompa-Loompa are so compact

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Sale says:

Superb!!! I love opensource this one