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Apple's long-rumored electric vehicle is running at least two years ahead of schedule and will be released in the third quarter of 2021, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, which cites unnamed executives at Taiwanese manufacturers.


The report claims that Taiwanese manufacturers are preparing to ramp up for production of "Apple Car" components as early as the second quarter of next year, adding that Apple has been secretly testing dozens of prototype vehicles on the road in California. Apple received a permit from California's DMV to test self-driving vehicles in 2017, and it was spotted using Lexus SUVs rigged with LiDAR equipment that year.

While many sources have claimed the Apple Car will be released between 2023 and 2025, including analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the report cites an unnamed director at a major Taiwanese manufacturer who said Apple is targeting a September 2021 launch.

While anything is possible, the earlier timeframe is questionable, especially due to the impact of the pandemic. Earlier this month, a DigiTimes report claimed that Apple was in "preliminary" negotiations with automotive electronics suppliers, suggesting that its vehicle project still remains in the fairly early stages. The report added that Apple's chipmaking partner TSMC is reportedly working with Apple on a "self-driving chip."

Over the years, reports have flip flopped on whether Apple is developing a full-fledged vehicle or working on artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technologies for vehicles in general. Apple's artificial intelligence chief John Giannandrea recently took over leadership of the project, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Given that automakers often announce all-new vehicles years in advance, one possibility is that the Apple Car will be previewed in late 2021, but not released. For now, though, the report should be treated with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Economic Daily News has a mixed track record with Apple rumors. The publication accurately revealed that Apple would be releasing a repurposed iPhone 8 in March 2020, nearly a year before the second-generation iPhone SE was unveiled, and it also nailed down the 11-inch iPad Pro. On the contrary, the publication inaccurately reported that a high-end gaming Mac would debut at WWDC 2020 and that AirPods Pro would come in several colors.

Article Link: Sketchy Report Says Apple Car is Years Ahead of Schedule, Will Debut Next Year
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macrumors 68020
May 30, 2016
I do not think so.
At most, they might announce that they’re working on a car, and put it for release in late 2023 or 2024, but they are definitely not gonna have these on the road by next year.
Cars are not like iPhones, you can’t announce them and then have them all shipped and ready to go a week later.
and from what we know about the progress of the car, it probably won’t even be ready for announcement by next year, unless they’re attempting to be extremely ambitious, and announce things ahead of schedule, cough cough AirPower cough cough.


macrumors member
Jul 6, 2020
Perhaps they're just going to rebadge a car from another automaker and add their own accoutrements? Automakers do this pretty often.
Yeah, if they're just selling an add on kit then it should the development process should theoretically be a lot faster than a whole new car
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macrumors newbie
Feb 21, 2014
It would be nice if Apple releases an entire vehicle instead of just the self-driving system. If it's the former, I wonder how they will handle the servicing of the EV. Just through authorized third-party service centers?


macrumors 6502a
Apr 8, 2009
If Apple were producing a car, we'd know far more about it than we do. The requirements to even start building prototype motor vehicles in the United States are both high, and applications and progress is public.

If Apple (or indeed any shell company) had registered as such, we'd know.

Not to mention there's a finite number of manufacturing lines and facilities able to produce or assemble a car, Tesla would be the only equivalent successful example, and they're as outside the box for car components etc. as Apple might be. There's a reason Tesla bought the Fremont factory.

Again, if Apple had a car production facility, we'd know.


macrumors 604
Sep 25, 2018
It would be nice if Apple releases an entire vehicle instead of just the self-driving system. If it's the former, I wonder how they will handle the servicing of the EV. Just through authorized third-party service centers?
Try the Genius Bar...
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macrumors 6502a
Nov 9, 2015
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"Apple Car is Years Ahead of Schedule" is like "Fusion Power is Years Ahead of Schedule." Their original target dates passed so long ago, that the best we can say is "Surprise! They're actually coming after all." And as to that... I can only say, "Duke Nukem. Be careful what you wish for." Maybe instead I should say, "Half-Life 3. Just because you keep thinking it's around the corner doesn't mean it is."
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