Tim Cook shows that Apple needs Windows to build a Mac Pro

Tim Cook earlier today tweeted a photo showing the assembly line for the company’s flagship Mac, the Mac Pro. The PR move highlighted that the computers are built here in America but there was one little oddity that is turning this photo back on Apple.

If you look closely at the Mac mounted above the worker, you can clearly see that it is running Windows. So, what you have here is a Mac Pro being built with the help of Windows that is running on an iMac.

Sure, it’s not really that big of a deal as Mac’s are not really known to be part of a major warehouse operation but it is a bit funny to see the CEO of Apple tweet out a competitors OS. For Apple, this is a small PR goof-up that is a rarity for the company who works diligently to control the message it sends out to the world.

That’s not all the CEO was up to today, either, He went to a call center and listened in as his Apple Care team worked with customers as well. We do wonder if Tim chimed in on the call but let us be honest, if you called in and Tim Cook was on the line, would you believe it’s him?

At the end of the day, Apple still makes billions of dollars every quarter and the company will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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CJEric said,
looks like XP to me. Wouldn't surprise me either, in a factory context

Hmmm. Check again. If you can see, that blue isn't Luna's theme from XP. It looks like Aero Glass.

Furthermore, if you zoom quickly you can see the bigger taskbar on it. What I can't distinguish is if it's Windows Explorer the first item pinned.

I hardly think this should be surprising - their design team most likely use Solidworks which is only available on Windows, their cloud services are either running a *NIX or Windows for the backend or some sort of custom build of FreeBSD. You'd be surprised how many companies use each others products because no one has a monopoly over all but are strong in certain niches - in the case of Windows it has always been software availability thus Apple uses Windows in those areas.

Download the Windows 8 evaluation ISO and you'll see your browser connecting with Akaimai which uses Linux servers. No clue if technet is distributed through the same channels.
Windows 7 ISO's on microsoft.com were from akaimai as well. People even made fun of Microsoft using Linux to distribute their OS.

Shadowzz said,
People even made fun of Microsoft using Linux to distribute their OS.

Microsoft used a third party to distribute their OS, who just happened to use Linux. Akamai isn't owned or operated by Microsoft. Silly comparison, especially considering how wildly successful Azure is, they don't need it.

Shadowzz: yes, like I thought, you made it up, Microsoft doesn't use Linux servers to distribute Windows ISOs, or anything else, for that matter. Third parties like Akamai are not Microsoft.

"so, what you have here is a Mac Pro being built with the help of Windows that is running on an iMac."

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
I'm not a fanboy of anything but that was soo funny and ironic

merandus said,
"so, what you have here is a Mac Pro being built with the help of Windows that is running on an iMac."

that's evolution for you....

francescob said,
This is almost as shocking as the rumors about Tim Cook having windows in his house!

I heard he lived in an Apple tree house

Instead of copying one Windows feature at the time and bringing it to iProducts he decided to INNOVATE and just run Windows on it. Up next: iPhone 6 will run on WP8.1.

And for my next breathless report, I'm camping outside the Ford assembly plant and counting all the arriving delivery trucks made by Kenworth, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, Mack, GM and Volvo.

Would be interesting to see where OS X runs / assists in industrial production lines. With Windows it's no surprise at all.

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