updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon October 25, 2010
Construction could back expansion rumors
Apple's data center in Maiden, North Carolina should begin operating "any day now," local officials are quoted as saying. Although no specific start date has been revealed, production is believed to be ramping up. A local realtor, Bill Wagenseller, has moreover done a second aerial recon of the facility (see below), showing evidence of construction that may back rumors of further expansion.
The reason for the data center's existence has so far been kept secret. Most reports have pointed to providing streamed iTunes content, though whether this will include music, video or both is still uncertain. If the Maiden facility does begin operations by the end of the year as promised by Apple executives, a service could be in place for an announcement during Apple's standard January press event.