Apple just patented, of all things, a new type of sunroof for a car. As odd as this might sound, it isn’t the first Apple patent relating to automotive hardware and software. Apple actually has over 1,500 patent applications that mention an automobile. While the company refuses to comment on any unreleased products, it is well-known that Apple is investing a large amount of time and resources in developing an Apple-branded vehicle. This recent patent document might provide a glimpse at what to expect if an Apple Car ever comes to market.
Apple develops CarPlay, an interface that lets a car’s infotainment system control an iPhone for easy access to iOS apps such as Apple Music, Apple Maps, Podcasts, and more.