Apple is in talks with the city of San Jose about a huge campus.
Apple is reportedly planning on a big presence in San Jose. Apple already leased and bought properties in San Jose. Now Nathan Donato-Weinstein reports on Silicon Valley Business Journal that Apple is in talks with the city of San Jose over development rights that spawn an area of 86 acres.
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Apple is planning to build a campus of up to 4.15 million square feet. This is larger than the currently constructed spaceship campus, which has a size of 2.8 million square feet. The deal Apple is negotiating is long term and covers 15 years.
So why would Apple need to expand in this kind of dimensions? The closest answer is the Apple car. If indeed, and everything points to it, Apple is making a car, it requires a ton of workers. Even if the Apple cars are not made in San Jose, the product would require lots of engineers, managers and more. Where will Apple build the Apple car is an interesting questions.
Most of Apple's products are made in China. The Mac Pro is for instance made in USA. Apple could go either way with the Apple car. From a marketing stand point, it would be better for Apple to make the cars in the United States. Tesla is making their cars in the United States. A Chinese made Apple car would give Elon Musk another reason to make fun of Apple.
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The San Jose campus plans are in early stages. The details are not released yet. The draft agreement will be discussed at the San Jose planning commission still this month.