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.
The rumor: As expected, while Apple’s car project is still in development, it isn’t coming anytime soon, according to Reuters (not yet rated).
The battery is reportedly a monocell design, which “frees up space inside the battery pack by eliminating pouches and modules that hold battery materials”
A person familiar with the battery technology described it as “Next level…like the first time you saw the iPhone.”
Apple Car is said to feature LiDAR sensors to guide the self-driving system
Production delays could push the project until 2025 or later
Our take: Great story from an extremely reputable source that rarely, if ever, publishes Apple scoops like this. Apple’s battery tech is way more advanced and further along than I expected, but again, don’t expect this car before 2024 at the earliest.
The rumor: Apple’s top-secret, highly-anticipated car project is just under a year away from being announced, according to Economic Daily News (EDN, 36.8% accurate).
The report says that Apple Car production will be ramping up in the second quarter of 2021, with Apple planning an unveil in September
Early rumors suggest the car will be all-electric and including self-driving capabilities
Other analysts have suggested that a 2023-2025 timeline for Apple Car is far more realistic
Our take:EDN is the lowest-rated source that we trackon our leaderboard. They’re consistently more wrong than right, and with no other source with any slight of credibility suggesting the same 2021 release date…this feels so wrong. Maybe they’re referring to some major update to CarPlay, or something else car-related?