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Rumor | Tesla, watch out: The Apple Car, less than a year away

Apple Car concept (Source: iDrop News on YouTube)
Apple Car concept (Source: iDrop News on YouTube)
Although older rumors placed its launch around 2023, unnamed executives from Taiwan claim that their companies are getting ready to ramp up the production of various components for the upcoming electric vehicle by Apple. It also seems that the Cupertino-based giant is already testing the cars in California.

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In a time when many products get delayed due to the ongoing pandemic or other reasons, it is great to see that a project as ambitious as the upcoming electric car by Apple might land no less than two years earlier than anticipated. However, everything is still in the rumor stage for now, so if you were planning to get a Tesla before the end of 2021, you should probably carry on with that plan.

Unnamed executives at various Taiwanese manufacturing companies who spoke to local news outlet Economic Daily News (quoted by MacRumors) revealed that production of components for the upcoming vehicles will hit full throttle in the second quarter of 2021. The same sources also revealed that Apple is already testing dozens of prototypes in California. Since Apple received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California back in 2017 and was spotted using Lexus SUVs with LiDAR equipment the same year, it wouldn't be surprising to see the first shots of the upcoming electric vehicle in the coming months.

Previous rumors mentioned that the launch year of the Apple Car will be 2023, 2024, or 2025. Now, it looks like Apple is targeting a September 2021 launch or at least a preview of a working prototype ahead of a 2022 or 2023 market launch. Obviously, a lot of things can happen until then, but it would be very interesting to finally see a worthy competitor for Tesla rising up.

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Codrut Nistor, 2020-12-21 (Update: 2020-12-21)