“We knew that Apple was building a pair of new data centers close to Facebook’s operation in Prineville, Oregon,” Robert McMillan reports for Wired. “But we didn’t realize just how close they were until we sent a plane over Oregonian high desert.”

“The notoriously secretive Apple is especially secretive about its data centers. So while Google and Facebook have opened up their doors to Wired reporters over the past year, Apple has not only rolled up the welcome mat. They’ve disconnected the front doorbell,” McMillan reports. “That’s what forced us to take to the skies. In April, we published our first overhead shots of Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina, data center, and a few weeks ago, we sent our iSpy plane over Prineville, where Apple has just broken ground on a $68 million data center, just down the road from Facebook.”

McMillan reports, “Apple finished [their tactical data center] earlier this year, but just south of it, you can see what will be the site of its much larger 338,000-square-foot data center. Apple wants to eventually build two of these monster data centers on the 160-acre site, but right now, there’s no sign of the second facility.”

Read more, and see the aerial photos, in the full article here.

[Attribution: MacRumors. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]

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