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Sorry, high school seniors. The only way to attend Apple University is to get a job at Apple, where, instead of outdated instructional videos, students are taught by professors from top universities such as Yale, Harvard and Stanford. While the company is tight-lipped about Apple University (the nickname for its internal training program), three unnamed employees opened up to the New York Times about their experiences. Some selling points from the article:
- The classes are high-brow - One class involved a former Pixar employee exploring Apple’s design philosophy with 11 lithographs by Pablo Picasso.
- The digs are nice - No cramped conference rooms at Apple University! Instead, students are taught in trapezoidal classrooms with raised back seats, all located in the City Center portion of Apple’s campus.
- Teachers diss products from competitors - Another class stressed simplicity by comparing the Google TV remote, which had 78 buttons, and the Apple TV remote, which had just three.
- Classes make the transition easier - It can be tough, making millions when Apple buys your start-up. Don't worry, there are classes to help you adjust.
- The, um, facilities are top-notch - According to one former student, even the toilet paper is “really nice.”
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