The Apple Car is one of the oldest rumors in tech, and we have new information to report from people in the know: These sources say the electric vehicle will be powered by a bespoke carOS similar to the one used by Tesla.
This comes from DigiTimes (via Notebookcheck.net), and while the carOS name isn't mentioned specifically, the prediction is that Apple is developing a software platform that can control every aspect of a car's function, from starting the engine to play songs from an Apple Music library.
We envision that this software platform would also use a large center-dash screen like current Tesla cars. Tesla Motors dashboards are dominated by screens and offer nothing in the way of physical buttons or dials.
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The same report also mentions a domain control unit (DCU) for Apple's car, which apparently handles all the necessary data processing while driving. An anonymous Korean company is reportedly working on a DCU for Apple.
If what we're hearing is correct, it sounds like the DCU and carOS would more or less handle everything that happens in the car. In other words, we're talking about something far beyond what you might be used to with the existing CarPlay experience: maps, music, and other audio apps.
We haven't heard much about the Apple Car in recent months—in fact, some executives are said to have abandoned the project—but this latest article suggests that Apple is moving ahead with its plan to launch its own electric vehicle. .
Analysis: Will we ever see an Apple Car?
At this point, it would be a huge surprise if Apple wasn't working on its own car tech, but that still isn't a guarantee that an actual Apple Car will ever launch (see also the long-running rumors about an Apple TV).
Apple boss Tim Cook has been vague about the company's plans for vehicle development, but hinted that Apple is considering self-driving software, if not an actual physical car you can drive.
We've seen Apple launch events come and go without any mention of an Apple car, just as we'd love to see such an announcement, and this would clearly be a major move by Apple, in an area where it hasn't. not much experience in.
Making cars isn't easy, as Tesla discovered, but if any company has the resources and knowledge to do it, it will be Apple. We don't know yet if an Apple Car will appear, but if it does, it could be as important as the launch of the first iPhone.