Is Apple really working on a car? It might seem far-fetched, but the rumors keep stacking up. Now, a new report from The Financial Times claims Apple has an entire team of auto experts and iPhone veterans working on the long-rumored iCar.
Citing several anonymous insiders, FT claims Apple has been snatching up experts in “automotive technology and vehicle design” to work at a “top-secret” lab. The team is reportedly led by former iPhone managers at an off-campus location. Overall, it sounds like a pretty serious operation, with dozens of employees hard at work on a car-related project.
Rumors of an Apple-designed car have been floating around for years, with Steve Jobs even expressing interest in the idea behind closed doors. However, recent sightings of cars equipped with high-tech cameras and leased by the Cupertino company suggest it could be close to making a public announcement. Growing interest in self-driving cars and Tesla’s surging popularity also explain why Apple might finally release its own car.
Then again, there are plenty of more plausible explanations. Apple could be sending out camera-equipped cars to create its own Street View-style feature for Apple Maps, or it might just be working on an improved version of its CarPlay software.
Even if the company is working on an actual vehicle, that doesn’t mean it will ever see the light of day, though we can’t say we’re not curious about what Apple might be testing behind the scenes.