Steven Levy Tours Apple Park

Steven Levy, writing for Wired:

On a crisp and clear March day, more than five years after Jobs’
death, I’m seated next to Jonathan Ive in the back of a Jeep
Wrangler as we prepare to tour the nearly completed Apple Park,
the name recently bestowed on the campus that Jobs pitched to the
Cupertino City Council in 2011. At 50, Apple’s design chieftain
still looks like the rugby player he once was, and he remains,
despite fame, fortune, and a knighthood, the same soft-spoken Brit
I met almost 20 years ago. We are both wearing white hard hats
with a silver Apple logo above the brim; Ive’s is personalized
with “Jony” underneath the iconic symbol. Dan Whisenhunt, the
company’s head of facilities and a de facto manager of the
project, comes with us. He too has a personalized hat. It is an
active construction site on a tight deadline the first
occupants are supposedly moving in within 30 days of my visit,
with 500 new employees arriving every week thereafter — and I
felt a bit like one of the passengers on the first ride into
Jurassic Park.

Fantastic piece. Hard not to get a little choked up thinking about it as Steve Jobs’s final product:

“Could we have cut a corner here or there?” Cook asks
rhetorically. “It wouldn’t have been Apple. And it wouldn’t have
sent the message to everybody working here every day that detail
matters, that care matters.” That was what Jobs wanted — what he
always wanted. And the current leaders of Apple are determined
not to disappoint him in what is arguably his biggest, and is
certainly his last, product launch. “I revere him,” Cook says.
“And this was clearly his vision, his concept. Our biggest
project ever.”

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Steven Levy Tours Apple Park

Steven Levy, writing for Wired:
On a crisp and clear March day, more than five years after Jobs’ death, I’m seated next to Jonathan Ive in the back of a Jeep Wrangler as we prepare to tour the nearly completed Apple Park, the name recently bestowed on the campus that Jobs pitched to the Cupertino City Council in 2011. At 50, Apple’s design chieftain still looks like the rugby player he once was, and he remains, despite fame, fortune, and a knighthood, the same soft-spoken Brit I met almost 20 years ago. We are both wearing white hard hats with a silver Apple logo above the brim; Ive’s is personalized with “Jony” underneath the iconic symbol. Dan Whisenhunt, the company’s head of facilities and a de facto manager of the project, comes with us. He too has a personalized hat. It is an active construction site on a tight deadline Continue reading "Steven Levy Tours Apple Park"

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