Apple execs dance around FaceTime, billion-dollar North Carolina data center questions

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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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


  1. FaceTime is most likely going to be integrated in two ways. First, as part of AOL Instant Messenger so that it will work with iChat on Macs and AIM for Windows and Linux PCs. Secondly, as a mobile phone protocol that will work over the phone’s data connection.

    I can’t wait for this to be completely ubiquitous. And for it to work over 3G. The iPhone’s 3G radio already supports faster speeds. Hopefully AT&T is doing everything they can to upgrade their equipment and improve network speeds as quickly as possible. Time to step up and stop being the iPhone’s weakest link.

  2. It’s fun to read how Apple single-handedly has defeated every one of the inefficient and burdensome DRM schemes, by using the huge popularity of their mobile devices. All the evil usual suspects are trying to float yet another DRM, this time called UltraViolet. As before, Apple refuses to join.

    Disturbingly, Google is building a cloud data center along the same lines as Apple’s. Gee, I wonder where they got that idea.

  3. Well, duh! Why does any frigtard journalist expect Peter Oppenheimer to open up and tell all during a quarterly conference call? Like this is a surprise? Daniel, fer chrissakes, you of all people should know that.

    Oh and to the poster above me who’s all freaked out about Google building a data center, relax. Of course they will do this. In fact, Google has been building data centers all over the world. It’s no surprise that they are, to expand their search capacity, host Google Apps and other cloud services. I hate to say this, but Apple is not the only company to realize the potential for cloud-based services. But their approach will likely be different.

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