The opportunity to dock your iPhone in Apple's oft-rumored car looks to be a little further away now. According to an unnamed insider who briefly worked on the development team, the tech giant pushed the vehicle's arrival back to 2021, Engadget reported. Previous stories placed the launch date in 2019 or possibly in 2020.
Apple's auto development reportedly operates under the codename Project Titan. The vehicle reportedly uses electric power and might have some level of autonomous capability. The company keeps the work tightly under wraps, though. Multiple reports indicate the tech giant is searching the San Francisco area for a site to construct an R&D center, and one of the prospective parcels is reportedly 800,000 square feet (74,322 square meters). The tech business already has a variety of auto-related domains that it could use, too. Once the car is ready, Magna Steyr might handle the manufacturing.
Apple could avoid the problem of establishing a dealer network by not selling its car to customers. Instead, the company might offer the vehicle exclusively through a car-sharing program. Such a strategy would certainly fit CEO Tim Cook's prediction of massive change in the auto industry, and it could also support the firm's $1-billion investment in Uber competitor Didi Chuxing.