SELF-DESCRIBED SIMPLETON Steve Jobs has laid out a proposal for a UFO shaped building to the Cupertino, California city council.
Break out the weed killer folks, because thanks to Mac fanbois willing to pay over the odds for their shiny toys, Jobs said that Apple is "growing like weeds" and needs to build a new headquarters building in Cupertino.
Jobs made the statement as he presented a proposal for a new Apple Campus to the Cupertino city council yesterday and laid out his vision for a UFO shaped glass building.
"We've come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building," said Jobs. "It's a little like a space ship. It's a donut with a courtyard in the middle," he added.
The building is set to be four stories high with another four underground stories for parking, and Jobs stressed the difficulty of building a circular building with glass. It is more expensive, but he said, "We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass in the world for architectural use thanks to experience in retail space."
Some people refused to sell Apple their apartment buildings for the space but Jobs bought up the land that HP sold instead.
How likely is it to go ahead? Well, the city council was giggling like pre-pubescent school girls at a rock concert and one even got out his Ipad 2 to show Steve. Besides, Jobs threatened that he would take his big tax dollars and move elsewhere if the council withheld its approval.
One council member who obviously had no idea about technology dared to suggest that Apple should offer the locals free WiFi.
But Jobs was having none of it. "See, I am a simpleton and I've always had this view that we pay taxes and the city should do those things. Now if we can get out of paying taxes I'll be glad to put up free WiFi," he said.
Apple plans to submit the proposal for the building to the city planning department, which judging by the warm reception of the council is already a shoe-in, and move in by 2015. µ
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