HP out, Apple in

HP out, Apple in

Lisa Zhang

HP moving out leaves 100 acres of free space and Apple should be the one getting the area

Dear Cupertino City Council,

Our understanding is that a large chunk of a very profitable tax money will soon leave your hands and land into those of the little group up in Palo Alto.

Yup. Goodbye Hewlett-Packard.

As citizens of Cupertino, and as MVHS students, we strongly hope that that 100-acre land is well taken care of—and not used for department storage.

Therefore, we ask for the following:

Sell it to Apple.

HP is more than prepared to leave its land for Apple, as there have already been rumors floating around that Apple will be the next predecessor to the HP land, but there are much more concrete reasons why Apple should be interested in the land.

The area is ripe for Apple development. Apple should trying to place dibs on the technology of HP, and perhaps save a few extra dollars of research and development. After all, Apple is an internal company, where it must create its own machines to make its own products. As a result, with the latest release of the new iPad and other iProducts, Apple should use that extra 100 acres for the development of newer items and continue their cycle of productiveness. To Apple, more land means more space for machines, and more space for machines means more opportunities to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall product production.

In fact, Apple posted its revenue for the last quarter as $20.3 billion. That figure was up 67% from the same period last year. In comparison, Hewlett-Packard, which describes itself as the largest tech company in the world by sales, had revenue of $30.7 billion in its quarter that ended on July 31, up 11.4%. IBM reported earnings at the same time. Its revenue rose 3% to $24.3 billion. This huge gap between the growth of Apple and other companies clearly demonstrates its need for land.

Last but not least, Apple is a Cupertino company, and every company loves its roots. One of the reasons HP is moving to Palo Alto is because it holds a sentimental value to where the HP Garage Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded the company in the 1930s. If Apple were to expand anywhere, it would and should be close to Cupertino headquarters. This would not only be beneficial to Apple as well, but also to Cupertino, as Apple’s increased profit directly correlates with Cupertino’s increased revenue from income and property tax.

But most of all, we love Apple—with the additional bonus that its headquarters are Cupertino. In fact, last year, graduating seniors stated that the one thing that they would miss the most about Cupertino was the bragging right of living in the city of Apple headquarters.

Therefore, instead of using the area for large storage boxes for commercial companies, we ask that you highly encourage Apple to come on in and allow them begin their conquest of taking over the world. We ask this because every city needs an able company like Apple expanding its roots there, but not every city has one.

Cupertino resident and MVHS student