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Apple Allowing Select Employees to Devote Time to Special Projects [Updated]

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  1. macrumors bot



    Apple is allowing a small group of employees to spend up to two weeks working on projects outside their standard job responsibilities. This was originally reported by the Wall Street Journal's Jessica Lessin, by way of Business Insider.
    We don't have too many details for how the program, reportedly nicknamed "Blue Sky", works. It may allow employees to spend time on their own projects, or if they could be temporarily assigned to other working groups within Apple.

    Update: Lessin's full Wall Street Journal article is now live. Lessin focuses on how the corporate culture is changing at Apple since Tim Cook took over as CEO, noting that Cook has been more accepting of sabbaticals, has praised employees at Apple's media events, and that the company is more frequently giving counteroffers to employees considering posts at other companies.
    Article Link: Apple Allowing Select Employees to Devote Time to Special Projects [Updated]
  2. macrumors 6502

    I wonder if Apple will own the rights to all of these "personal projects," or if they just maintain right of first refusal.
  3. macrumors 603


    Of course they do. Anything done on company time belongs to the company.
  4. macrumors 601


    easy to do when you probably have some of the most productive people on the planet working for you.
  5. Shrink, Nov 12, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012

    macrumors demi-god


    No, Apple is going to let their employees work on projects on Apple's time, with other Apple personnel, using Apple equipment, and then let them privately patent anything they create and make Apple pay them for the stuff they created.


    Of course Apple owns the rights!!!
  6. macrumors 6502a


    I think it was a good idea at Google and hopefully it will be a good idea at Apple. Giving creative people a bit of freedom can't be a bad thing, can it?
  7. macrumors regular

    It's certainly worked well for Google. Maybe some of the ol' Woz magic Garage Dust can be sprinkled on fertile minds to bring about some epic new ideas an products.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Too little too late
    2009 would have been a great yar
  9. macrumors 6502

  10. macrumors regular


    I think their special project should be debugging Maps.
  11. macrumors regular

    In other words, Apple is losing it's innovation, so it lets a small group of its creatives play around which they hope will strike gold for Apple.

    Normal. And who wouldn't do this?

    Just like Netflix publishing a public challenge with a million dollar reward because Netflix's employees were too incompetent to solve the problem.

    Some professors in Isreal ended up providing Netflix the optimal algorithm to their challenge.

    It's normal.
  12. Guest

    Would not surprise if Jony has been working on the UI and it's much more advanced than we thought.

    Don't think this 20% is new to Apple at all (just taken a while to come out/be speculated on).
  13. macrumors regular

    win-win-win (company, consumer, the guys who now own +1M), if you asked me.
  14. macrumors regular

    Its like Google 20% time, but 4%...
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Apple doesn't automatically own rights to the employee's projects. Remember a long time ago when Woz was deciding whether he wanted to develop his project for HP or Apple. In the end he decided to share his ideas with Apple.
  16. macrumors 65816


    I am going to bring this up at my next team meeting at my full time job and suggest we give it a try.

  17. macrumors 65816


    May help Google in what way? By completely taking our privacy from us? Give me a break. Apple is one of the few where you know what the deal is. I commend Apple for having this initiative for it actually may help Apple in their good innovation trail, not spying on internet and mobile phone users like Google.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Time will tell.
  19. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Forget the silly-assed side projects. Fix OSX.
  20. macrumors Pentium


    So Apple is testing the waters about copying Google ? :confused:

    (a lot more than just Google do this, just a fun jab at the people here and their copying silliness).
  21. macrumors 68030


    What world are you living in?
    Any work done on company time using company assets is property of the company.

    Woz was part owner... he had liberties no Apple lackey will ever enjoy.
  22. macrumors 603


    Sounds more like requesting than allowing. The investment community buzz is that the golden goose is dead with Jobs gone. Apple may have an active program to alleviate this misplaced fear until the next thing, crippled by content owner and leasee contract requirements, can be unleashed.

    I just want a program guide that knows what I have subscribed to, what I like and make it easy to just watch TV when I want to veg.

    I can't have it.

  23. macrumors member

    So little information, yet so much cynicism and apparent expertise. I'd love to know more so I could form an informed opinion.
  24. macrumors G5


    What's newsworthy about this except it probably didn't happen while Steve was running the show (NOT implying its a bad idea).
  25. macrumors 68000

    Why do you assume that? Steve Jobs wasn't perfect. If you read the biography, you'll know he was completely, 100% against allowing the iPod to work with Windows. He only gave in because he was tired of arguing with everyone else who told him it was a no-brainer.

    Imagine if Apple had done what Steve wanted with the iPod.

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