The latest is that Apple’s long-rumored electric car is said to be running at least two years ahead of schedule and could be released in the third-quarter of 2021 according to a Taiwanese media company Economic Daily News citing unnamed Apple executives
The report further claimed that the Taiwanese manufacturers are preparing to ramp up for production of the so-called “Apple Car” components as soon as second quarter of the year 2021 and further reported that Apple has been testing a number of prototype cars on the road in California.
The company had however received permit from the California’s DMV allowing it to test self-driving cars back in 2017 and according to some spyshots, the company was using Lexus SUVs which uses the LiDAR technology gto navigate through their surroundings.
Although there have been multiple reports about Apple Cars being released by the year 2023 or 2025, and popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also sided with this notion citing unnamed director at a major Taiwanese manufacturing company who stated that Apple will release the EV sooner than expected.
And in the world of technology, especially in Apple’s, anything is possible but there would still be the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic because it in fact caused a delay in production/release of the iPhone 12 series.
But then there is another report from DigiTimes which stated that Apple was in a “Preliminary” negotiations with automotive electronics suppliers which could mean the production is at best in its earliest stages as well as work in progress to partner up with Chipmaker TSMC on a so-called Apple’s self-driving car.
And honestly, there haven’t been anything really transparent about the development of the Apple Car because we couldn’t pinpoint whether Apple is building a full-blown car or just trying to build modules that can be installed in cars for AI-based autonomous driving.
And never forget the difference between the release of automakers versus smartphone makers the former which releases their next-gen models ahead of the year unlike the latter which does within the year which led to the notion that if the company is going towards the full-blown car rout, its likely going to just make a preview of it by 2021 rather than actually releasing one if that make any sense.
Meanwhile all this is based on rumors which shouldn’t be taken very seriously especially considering the source of the rumor Economic Daily which itself never really had an accurate record off Apple’s leaks and rumor ever.