invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“As usual, Apple’s executives kept close to a carefully prepared script on the company’s stellar financial results, being careful not to reveal too much about the company’s future plans, including its data center cloud services and broader open support for FaceTime video calling.” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“When asked about progress on the company’s $1 billion data center being built in North Carolina, company executives only said the project was on track to be completed by end of calendar year. ‘And then we plan to use it,’ Peter Openheimer said,” Dilger reports. “Nothing else slipped about the new 500,000 square foot project, which is five times larger than the company’s current data center in Newark, California. The new center is expected to be used to expand the company’s rapidly growing iTunes music, apps, and iBooks stores as well as handling its online cloud services such as MobileMe.”

Dilger reports, “Another topic Apple executives didn’t want to discuss was the future of FaceTime… When asked about how and when Apple planned to release FaceTime as an open standard, and whether the company would support FaceTime calls from Windows PCs and Macs, chief operations officer Tim Cook said he wanted to focus on financial questions in order to make sure those were all answered. ‘Punting that one for another day,’ Cook replied.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]