It's been over nine months since we published this news, and since then the rumors of the mythical Apple Car completely cooled down and we all assumed that Apple had in fact given up on building a car to call their own, preferring to focus on creating a self-steering system that could be equipped with third-party hardware that in some ways even Tim Cook himself confirmed.
However, we can never rule out the assumption that the CEO revealed only a tiny part of the company's real plans for the automotive world, which, in fact, makes perfect sense (Apple has never been out counting its projects after all. ). And if the rumor du jour It has some basis of truth, we have every reason in the world to believe that, yes, the dream of a car with the shining apple in the cap is still alive.
I say this because according to the newspaper Yicai Globalfrom Shanghai, Apple would be working in partnership with the Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (or CATLfor the latter) research and development of technologies for automotive batteries. According to the sources, according to the publication, the two companies have signed a confidentiality agreement to start the joint work, but there is no more information about the details of the plan.
Just to paint the background, CATL is one of China's largest battery technology R&D companies, as well as being the world's third largest manufacturer of automotive batteries; Its products equip a number of hybrid and electric car models, as well as buses and other motor vehicles.
The news, of course, is not a sure indication that Apple is, after all, working on its own vehicle for future release. Since the rumor proves to be true, nothing prevents Ma from being, for example, simply thinking about pegging the batteries for sale of her upcoming automotive operating system (carOS?). Still, the possibility is back with everything after this time, that the (re) machines start the rumors!