central asia

Has Apple built a secret hyperloop across Central Asia?

Not your father's Silk Road (Samarkand, 2007)

Not your father’s Silk Road (Samarkand, 2007)

I’ve read recently about the revival of the Silk Road as a rail freight route (e.g. see this fascinating DHL slide deck). It’s quicker than shipping, but cheaper than air. It seems to be a compromise well suited to high-value electronics, which have a relatively short shelf life and which tie up a lot of working capital while in transit.

I had read that HP does this for laptops. At first, when I saw the UPS tracking for my new MBP, I assumed Apple was now doing the same. How else to explain a stop off in Almaty of all places? But it’s too quick – this will be about 5 days end-to-end.

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