There’s no denying that Apple’s upcoming releases are some of the most anticipated in the market, and the hype is doubled when Apple plans to enter an entirely new category — the car business.

News surrounding the Apple Car has been coming out in the last couple of years. Now, it looks like Apple is in full-throttle in developing its first moving vehicle.

The latest report suggests that Apple has hired Dr. Manfred Harrer, Porche’s Vice President of Chassis Development. Clearly, this is Apple’s most ambitious project to date, and they have the resources to support it.

For a quick background, Harrer had been with Porsche for more than a decade. He helped develop the brand’s popular vehicles like the Cayenne series.

Hyundai initially confirmed that they are in early talks with Apple to help manufacture its first car. For Hyundai to confirm the news, they already made a solid deal with Apple and could finalize the transaction by March.

The Apple Car is expected to be mass-produced by Hyundai, which is rumored to start in 2024.

Moreover, top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed the possible key features of the Apple Car. It’s said that Apple will use Hyundai’s E-GMP electric chassis, which features a 300-mile range of full charge, with a quick 18-minute charge already providing 80% of battery. While a 5-minute charge can already take you up to 60 miles.

The chassis may reach a top speed of 160mph and a 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds as per the spec sheet. But, bear in mind that these are fancy figures and possibly pertaining to the performance model.

As per Kuo, the Apple Car may arrive in 2025 at the earliest, with 2028 as the more plausible year. The analyst used the iPhone development as a reference, which takes about 18-24 months before it enters mass production after the final development has been made.

Since it’s a completely new category for Apple, the timeframe may be longer as they have to create new sales and after-sales service channels. Plus, building a car requires a longer development time, higher validation requirements, and a more complicated supply chain management.

Via: 9To5Mac

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