Those ever sharp eagle eyes at Business Insider have spotted an irony in a recent the tour of an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) production facility by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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While touring the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) assembly plant in Austin Texas, Cook today tweeted a photo of himself inspecting the production assembly.  “Watching the Mac Pro come together in Austin yesterday,” he tweeted.  It seems, however, that Apple computers are put together while Microsoft windows is running.

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Computers typically run through a variety of tests before being shipped.  Testing a computer on both Apple and Microsoft platforms is not all together uncommon. What is uncommon is how Business Insider noticed the small detail?

“It’s not the first time we’ve gotten a look behind the scenes at an Apple factory with Macs running Windows. Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that makes most of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s gadgets, uses Windows machines too,” Business Insider reporter Maya Kosoff wrote.

Business insider might have discovered the use of Windows from a dust storm of comments from typically devoted Mac users.  While running Windows in the production of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) computers might seem logical to various extents, Apple’s fiercely loyal if not territorial Mac enthusiasts let Cook have it for running Windows.  “Nice use of iMacs on the assembly line,” snarked one user on Twitter.

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Business Insider notes that last year Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) began building its Mac computers inside the United States, marketing a reversal.  In the late 1990’s The company had previously manufacturing to leverage lower wages in Asia.

With the release of the new programming language, Swift, features that promote integration with Windows and other operating environments may be making an appearance in the Apple strategy discussion.  With Swift and the other announcements at Apple’s recent developer conference, Apple developers will be able to program deeper in to the operating system than ever before.  Speculation is that with the Apple controlled house and TV that integration with Windows operating systems could be more standard operating procedure – perhaps heresy to hardened and often passionate Mac users, but logical business sense to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), as it branches into consumer electronics that will sometimes be managed on a Windows platform.

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