But nobody has said this guy was fired. It is possible for people to leave companies voluntarily. Maybe this guy had family reasons for leaving or maybe he was just burned out and wants to do something different or just take time off and enjoy all the money he's made. How do we know Apple isn't working on these things? I don't know why people assume this car project is the only thing Apple is working on from an R&D standpoint. Jony Ive has said 80% of the things they work on never see the light of day so I would imagine they have lots of things going on that we never hear about. Heck Tim Cook even said Apple is working on things that haven't yet made the rumor mill.