The Apple rumor mill is roaring back to life as the tech giant has registered a handful of automotive top-level domain names including apple.auto, apple.car, and apple.cars.

The Apple rumor mill is roaring back to life as the tech giant has registered a handful of automotive top-level domain names including apple.auto, apple.car, and apple.cars.

The domains could be related with efforts to promote Apple CarPlay but speculation suggests the company has registered the names for its long-rumored electric vehicle.

Apple has been tight-lipped about its plans but previous reports have suggested the company is working on an electric vehicle codenamed Titan. Several hundred people are reportedly involved in the project and Apple has been hiring employees with automotive backgrounds. As Tesla CEO Elon Musk joked last year, Apple is the “Tesla graveyard" of ex-employees and "If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple."

Despite Apple's silence, documents have shown the company's Special Project division talked with officials at GoMentum Station to inquire about the possibility of testing a car at the former naval base.  Reports have also suggested the unconfirmed model has a "ship-date" of 2019.  That's only a few years away but rumors have suggested the date is ambitious and some inside the company don't believe the car will be ready by then.

Source: MacRumors via Motor Authority

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