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Apple Builds 'Invisible Wall' On Its Maps To Hide Tim Cook's House

Claire Reid

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Apple Builds 'Invisible Wall' On Its Maps To Hide Tim Cook's House

Apple has created an ‘invisible wall’ on its Maps app to hide the home of CEO Tim Cook. 

Cook’s Californian home, reportedly worth around $3.5 million, is now pixelated on Apple and Google Maps. 

The move to ‘hide’ the property comes after Cook filed a restraining order against an alleged ‘armed’ stalker who drove 2,800 miles to his home. 

The 45-year-old woman, who lives in Virginia, is now not allowed to be within 200 yards of Cook or any other Apple employees, she must also not go to any Apple property or visit Cook’s home and is banned from owning a gun, the Daily Star reports. 

The woman had shared multiple tweets about Cook including one in which she referred to him as her ‘bed man’ and ‘husband’ as well as saying he is the father to her children. 

How Cook's house looks on Google Maps. Credit: Google Maps
How Cook's house looks on Google Maps. Credit: Google Maps

Cook came out as gay in October 2014. 

Lawyers for Apple said in the restraining order filing that she had emailed him a photo of ammunition and sent an email the next day which read: “I warned and told you stop trying to kill me. You made me to buy this instead of going for Christmas. I will NEVER forgive forget you.”

The woman is accused of ‘erratic, threatening and bizarre behaviour’, and the filing contains copies of photographs, emails and tweets that all purportedly come from the woman. 

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Among the documents included with the restraining order is an email sent the week before Christmas in which she demanded ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ from Cook. 

The restraining order claims she drove from her home in Virginia to California twice within two months - most recently in October of last year when she turned up at Cook’s property and told his security staff she wanted to speak to him. 

She was told to leave and police responded to the alleged trespassing. The woman told them she was staying in Palo Alto and ‘could get violent’, the Mercury News reports. 

Apple said in the application that the woman ‘may be armed and is still in the South Bay Area and intends to return to [Cook’s] residence or locate him otherwise in the near future’. 

The order was granted last month.

Featured Image Credit: Apple Maps

Topics: Apple, Technology

Claire Reid
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