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Apple's new 'Spaceship' campus delayed until 2016

Construction of Apple's new spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California will not be completed until mid-2016, a year later than originally planned, according to a new report.

Apple was initially hoping to break ground on the massive, 176-acre campus this year and move in by 2015. Now, it looks like the city won't complete its environmental impact report until June 2013, with construction on the facility delayed until 2014, Apple said in an updated proposal for the Cupertino City Council on 14 November, according to Bloomberg.

"They could conceivably break ground in 2013, but only if everything goes smoothly," David Brandt, Cupertino's city manager, told Bloomberg. "The project is running a little bit slow."

Apple told the city in August it planned to update its proposal by September. But the tech giant was late, making possible approval unlikely in early 2013. Now, whether Apple breaks ground in 2013 depends on two things: the city council approving the project quickly, and residents not filing legal challenges.

The updated proposal includes no major changes to the plan, which the late Apple Chief Steve Jobs submitted to the city council in June 2011. At the time, Jobs told the council Apple has "grown like a weed."

The company's current headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop holds between 2,600 and 2,800 people, but Apple has almost 12,000 people scattered throughout the city in rented buildings. The massive new 2.8-million-square-foot circular building will hold as many as 13,000 Apple employees. It will be built in Cupertino on land Apple purchased from Hewlett-Packard in 2010.

Earlier this year, Apple pitched the campus to neighbours with a brochure noting it will add 120 acres of green space to the city's landscape and lead to a reduction in vehicle traffic. Last year, Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong said "there is no chance that we're saying no," to the project, though he later tempered that by stating that "nothing is a sure thing."