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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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. camnchar macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    I wonder if Apple will own the rights to all of these "personal projects," or if they just maintain right of first refusal.
  3. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Of course they do. Anything done on company time belongs to the company.
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    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

    Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    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. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    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. Stig McNasty macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2007
    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. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Too little too late
    2009 would have been a great yar
  9. aardwolf macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
  10. gregwyattjr macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2008
    I think their special project should be debugging Maps.
  11. iAco macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    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. 126351 Guest

    Sep 17, 2007
    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. Cali Fornia macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    win-win-win (company, consumer, the guys who now own +1M), if you asked me.
  14. dilbert99 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2012
  15. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2012
    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 68000

    May 25, 2012
    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. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    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. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Time will tell.
  19. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Forget the silly-assed side projects. Fix OSX.
  20. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    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. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    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. Rocketman 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. sensorian macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    So little information, yet so much cynicism and apparent expertise. I'd love to know more so I could form an informed opinion.
  24. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    What's newsworthy about this except it probably didn't happen while Steve was running the show (NOT implying its a bad idea).
  25. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    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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