APPLE’S long-rumored electric car may be facing massive delays according to an insider who claims the engineering team has been “dissolved”.
The tech giant has been looking at expanding into the automotive industry for years under its secretive “Project Titan”.
Rumors of an Apple-built car first surfaced in 2014, but the firm has never officially announced what they are planning, or given a possible release date.
But the company has hired staff from Tesla and Ford in a bid to progress their plans, and tech experts had suggested a 2024 announcement, according to BGR.
However, it appears that timeframe may have been pushed back, according to one Apple source.
Ming-Chi Kou, a tech analyst and reputable Apple insider, tweeted last week: “The Apple Car project team has been dissolved for some time. The reorganization within the next three to six months is necessary to achieve the goal of mass production by 2025.”
Part of the reorganization Kou refers to is the departure of former Project Titan chief Doug Field. Field was Apple’s VP of Special Products, and had previously worked at Tesla and Segway.
Ford announced last year that Field would become their Chief Advanced Technology and Embedded Systems Officer.
Other members of the Titan team have left after just over a year in post, BGR reports.
The Sun has approached Apple for comment.
It is also unclear what Kou means by “mass production.”
That could mean an all new car, or it could just mean software for another company’s electronic vehicles.
What is next for the Apple car?
It is unknown what exactly Apple intends to build, and the company has remained tight-lipped on its plans.
It could be a sleek EV in the form of an SUV or low slung coupe with a minimalist interior and exterior styling.
They could also just be focusing on making software for other cars, or a rival to Tesla’s self-driving tech.
Another thing that needs to be addressed is the infrastructure for building a car, assuming that is still on the table.
Building an EV from the ground up is difficult and requires only the best know-how on the planet to get it right.
All of these points are aspects Apple needs to nail down before they start ramping up development.
Modern cars are beginning to be just as much a part of the technology industry as they are a part of the automotive industry.
Sony has released images of what their idea of a car would look like and Tesla appeals just as much to the tech enthusiast as it does to the car enthusiast.