Apple Car Resembles Tesla Vehicle In These Concept Images

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Apple Car Resembles Tesla Vehicle In These Concept Images
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Speculation regarding a possible Apple Car has been accelerating, and to exacerbate this process the website carwow has produced a digital impression of this mooted vehicle. And considering the well-documented links between Apple and Tesla, it should not come as a huge surprise that this particular impression of the Apple Car very much resembles a Tesla vehicle.

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Apple-Tesla links

Apple has previously been associated with Tesla for several reasons. Firstly, it was reported last year that the consumer electronics giant could be in buyout talks with the electric car manufacturer. Apple has invariably denied this, but links between the two corporations continue.

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It has also been asserted that Apple is intending some sort of collaboration all linked-up with Tesla, with the intention of strongly pushing its software as a car-based solution. But the strongest indication that Apple is planning to manufacture an electric car has been with regard to the revolving door between the two companies. Although, it must be said that this door is primarily revolving one way.

Rumors about a possible Apple electric car were stimulated by the fact that Apple has recruited numerous notable individuals who previously worked for Tesla. Not to be outdone, it was reported by Bloomberg Business in February that Tesla had also been recruiting employees from Apple. Tesla has hired at least 150 former Apple employees; more than from any other company.

Producing an electric car would also seem to make sense for Apple in some respects. There is certainly scepticism that Apple has the production capabilities to produce an electric vehicle, and there will also be issues for the company with regard to some of the logistics of vehicle manufacturing.

Apple Car logical

But Apple has always attempted to push its green credentials, and it obviously has many of the capabilities and much of the experience required to manufacture something which is at least partly electronic in nature. And somehow an electric vehicle just seems to fit the Apple remit and image. There is something inherently Apple-like about an electric car, quite aside from the fact that the consumer electronics giant is already very strongly placed to produce software for vehicles.

Apple’s Tesla-like vehicle

Thus, the carwow impression of a possible Apple Car is certainly not baseless. Already the media has dubbed the potential Apple electric vehicle as the iCar, but whether this would seriously turn out to be the name of an Apple Car is dubious. Apple has moved away from naming all of its products as iDevices with the release of the Apple Watch, and it seems an unlikely prospect for Apple to call its proposed vehicle iCar.

Nonetheless, according to this hypothetical design, the links between Apple and Tesla are about to intensify. It is notable that the Apple Car could take strong cues from the Tesla Model S, which would seem to be logical considering that Tesla is by far the most successful manufacturer of electric cars in the history of the niche.

Other technical specifications involved in the vehicle include a futuristic looking interior, featuring an iPhone dock on the center console, large navigation displays, and a separate screen for the front passenger. Clearly this is precisely the sort of design which one would associate with Apple, and it seems inevitable that any Apple Car would be one very much focused on multimedia.

Apple Car challenges

One cannot underestimate the massive undertaking involved in producing a motor vehicle from scratch. Apple has absolutely no experience in this whatsoever, and simply producing a roadworthy car is a huge challenge. Once this has been achieved, convincing the notoriously harsh and demanding motoring press that you have produced a genuinely high-quality vehicle that people will actually want to drive will be no easy task. And Apple cannot call upon the usual cachet which is the foundation of its success in consumer electronics; if anything people will be sceptical about the haughty claims of this newcomer to the auto trade.

So with this in mind, it is perhaps not surprising that the technical specifications proposed for the so-called Apple iCar are somewhat modest. Carwow claims that the top of the range Apple vehicle would benefit from 250 bhp (186 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) output while the battery pack would last for up to 310 miles (499 km). It also believes that a recharge of an electric car produced by Apple would take around four hours.

Apple Car by 2020

Although Apple will remain resolutely quiet about the prospect of an electric car for many years, as is its general conduct, analysts believe that we can expect such a vehicle by the end of the decade. Having said that, the number of delays which Tesla has experienced with regard to some of its vehicles, and the general trend of release dates of motor vehicles being pushed backwards, suggest that this should be very much viewed as a tentative suggestion.

Another interesting aspect of a possible Apple Car is the idea that it will feature some form of autonomous driving technology. This is becoming increasingly feasible with modern technology, and indeed numerous vehicles already feature driving assists, with apps available to expand this process still further. By the end of the decade, and even some way into the next decade, by which time Apple is expected to have released this proposed vehicle, such autonomous technology will have advanced even further.

In the meantime, Apple is also strongly pushing its CarPlay feature. As in all areas that Apple becomes involved in, there is already a battleground between Apple and an Android competitor, Android Auto. Many analysts believe that Apple’s interest in the electric car niche is at least partly motivated by its intention to dominate it with its own proprietary software.

And the company has certainly been making progress with this plan, with current Apple CEO Tim Cook suggesting during a media event recently that the Apple CarPlay infotainment system will become available on 40 new car models before the end of the year.

Apple clearly has designs on the car market by hook or by crook, and it could be that many of us will be driving around in an Apple ‘iCar’ before too much longer.

Image source: https://www.carwow.co.uk/blog/Apple-car-imagined-by-carwow/

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  1. Apple buying out Tesla M is not an issue, but collaboration with Foxconn and Proton is. Churning out a 15k EV would be quite a feat for Apple, but simultaneously having a 30k and 70k under the same roof even bigger. When you play, play big or don*t play at all. Apple thing ..

  2. I love all the hype around the “Apple Car”. What I like even more is that Apple Execs and employees let the rumors continue without saying anything. There is zero chance Apple is working on an actua production-line quality, roll out to the masses car. Internally, did they potentially build an electric car? Sure…why not. Apple IS working on (and has released) CarPlay, which, for those of you that don’t know, is a companion system, dashboard replacing, Apple-connected device. CarPlay could actually replace a number of systems (or, help control) in a car, so it makes perfect sense for Apple to have at least a couple of cars laying around to test CarPlay.

    It also makes sense for Apple to poach Tesla employees for 2 big reasons: battery experience, automobile experience (to enhance CarPlay). I think it is also known that Apple hired people from other automotive companies in the past as well, which, again, makes perfect sense if you are building and designing the next-generation dashboard for ALL automobiles.

    Aside from the predictable “it will only have an Apple plug, will have to update it every year, single charge lasts 2 hours” Apple bashing, getting into the automobile industry is a HUGE leap, even for Apple. Most of their products have a certain regulatory aspect to them; however, it is nothing like the regulations around cars and other vehicles. Even the oldest players in the game have struggled recently, so it would take a whole new kind of arrogance, that would even make Steve Jobs seem timid, to think that a computer company could just add cars to its line of products.

  3. I think what he means is that they will not buy another if it (Tesla) is owned by *Apple*. Otherwise, yeah. I “get it”. Cattywampus.

  4. What the poster means is that the
    prongs of the plug would be scattywompus
    so that you would only need an $apple$ outlet to get plugged with!

  5. Looks a lot like a slightly modernized assemblage inspired by various
    vintage models of OLDSMOBILE TORONADO front adapted from one year and the back from another. The roof line is pretty similar as well. But the over all effect is very nice. As to the Tesla it seems to have been inspired from the venerable Citroens from the days of old. Fantastic aerodynamics well ahead of its time and that hydraulic suspension was OOHh SOoo Good riding.

  6. I can already see the commercial with Jony Ive talking so eloquently from that all-white dungeon they keep him captive in, and in the keynote they announce 3 models of the car, starting from $2,000,000.

  7. Don’t you mean one cannot *over*estimate the massive undertaking yada yada yada? I think I could underestimate it quite easily: by guessing that it’ll take 100 manhours of labor and one two-car garage worth of space. (LOL)

  8. Manufacturers are not manufacturers … they are assemblers, and parts come from all over the place. Nice try though, and Apple does build some stuff here by the way.

  9. This is not an Apple design. No one other than those inside Apple even know if they are building a car, and certainly a design has not been leaked.

  10. Luckily Apple is called apple. If the company was called Lemon and it made a car, the car will be called a Lemon. Nobody wants to drive a lemon, but an apple, maybe…

  11. I don’t see why Apple would need to buy Tesla when they can access their patents for free & can continue to poach their employees at will. For the facilities & battery factory, perhaps, but it’s not like Tesla is a major operation. It might be a good place to start, but they’re tiny compared to the likes of the automakers Apple would be in competition with (see: Toyota, GM & VW). Apple is already one of the largest corporations in the world, without an auto-division. There’d be more orders for Apple cars in the 1st year of business than there ever will be for Teslas throughout its entire history. Apple is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Tesla? Not so much. But, in any case, Musk basically shot himself (and his investors) in the foot when he made his patents public. Anybody with money can build facilities. The technology itself was his biggest asset, and would’ve been the kind of thing a company like Apple would’ve paid big bucks for… if they had to.

  12. Oh please god no. We love our Tesla but will not buy another one if it is owned by Tesla. An Apple car would likely only work with Apple supplied electricity knowing how miserably greedy and controlling that company is.

  13. The Apple logo on that car looks surprisingly uncool. If they do in fact build a car, I’d recommend a big, bold “A” instead.

  14. Let’s be honest, all Apple is really good at is copying others, marketing it better and then suing the original creators…

  15. typical isheep, apple couldn’t even make a simple stand alone dslr camera, T.V nor (on the software side) a SEARCH ENGINE to compete with microsoft Bing or Google search given the vast financial resources. i would like them to blow their money on tesla. this company would be another Kodak, zenith or atari without that cash in the bank. PAY Ericson/Sony for their R&D in cellular technology or come up with your own cellular tech.

  16. Rival automotive companies may suffer, the prestige marque manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Bentley and Ferrari are safe so long as they maintain suitable multimedia and infotainment in the cars which of course they will…Tesla vehicles dont look sexy, dont look exclusive and dont handle like a performance sport machine would…im talking corners e.t.c before anyone talks about the model S 0-60 time…sure if you have a dry road and a straight line but its a one trick pony, ive taken an S Model S around a track and it handles like a family car would with non performance medium sized tires e.t.c it looses traction with down force and so on…on that note Aston Martin is brining out (maybe) an electric vehicle with 4 independent electric motors!

    Ever sat in a train and seen every other person using an iphone…..dont you just hate it when you blend in :-P

  17. My guess is they are already incahoots and that’s why it looks like a model S already. Anyone want to put money on it?

  18. Apple doesn’t seek ownership of manufacturing facilities and uses lots of components from vendors. If they really like to enter the automotive business, my recommendation is that they partner up with Tesla Motors and build their first car on the Model 3 platform, perhaps 1-2 years after Tesla Motors has launched their Model 3. This means Apple wouldn’t need to re-invent the core automotive technologies or build their own factories but could fast-track their efforts focused on what they are really good at = design, user interface, software, connectivity and retail (existing Apple stores are quite perfect). It will still become an Apple car from every visible attribute and would highly utilize Tesla Motors’ leadership in the automotive EV components including the critical battery from the upcoming giga factory. A shared supply chain with increased manufacturing volume would help further reduce the cost of Model 3 also. My bet is that Apple with such approach should be able to hit the market in 2019 at around US$30K.

  19. I know nothing of an Apple car as to whether it’s true or not. However, when I look at the traditional auto makers and their half hearted bungling attempts at making electric cars ,,, I don’t think Apple can do any worse ,,, probably better.

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