Tim Cook: Move to New Headquarters Delayed from April to ‘Later This Year
During the inaugural iPhone event at the Steve Jobs Theater, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple employees will be occupying the new Apple Park campus a bit later than expected.
Apple announced in February that employees would start moving in this past April. And publicly, the company seemed to leave the impression that move was already underway.
Indeed, in a July 26 Wall Street Journal profile of Jony Ive, the Apple design guru who helped oversee Apple Park construction said his team would be among the last to move in at the new campus.
“In the next few months, Ive will transition from being the creator of Apple Park to one of its thousands of users,” the story said. “His design team is scheduled to be one of the last to move into the new headquarters this fall — around the same time as the event at which Apple has typically unveiled its new iPhone.”
It’s unclear what caused the delay, though it’s not entirely surprising given the scope and cost of the construction. Apple had not responded to a request for comment.
Originally, the company had hoped construction would be done by the end of 2016. Drone footage throughout the summer has shown construction ongoing on the massive new home for Apple.
Indeed, the company only got a temporary occupancy permit for the Steve Jobs at the very last minute.
A separate Temporary Occupancy Permit obtained by VentureBeat seems to indicate that Apple has only received limited permission to begin moving into parts of the main building as of the end of July.
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