The rumor: Apple has contracted a Korean chip maker to manufacture chip modules used for self-driving, according to The Elec (71.4% accurate).
- The Korean chip maker, OSAT, is manufacturing test modules that will be used on the Apple Car’s processor…which will be dedicated to self-driving functionality
- OSAT will not create the final chip, they are only for testing purposes
- Apple has done something similar in the past with the M1 processor: contracted OSAT to build components for testing, then TSMC manufactured the final tech
Ian’s Take: While the Apple Car is undoubtedly many years away, this is real evidence that they are still working on the project and testing a self-driving function. This project is shrouded in mystery, so any concrete information is fascinating.