According to the report, which cites people at Taiwanese companies, Apple’s electric car should be introduced in the third quarter of 2021.
The report claims that Taiwanese manufacturers are preparing to increase production of components for Apple’s electric car as early as the second quarter of next year, adding that Apple is secretly testing dozens of prototypes of cars across the road in California.
Apple received clearance from the California Automotive Division to test self-driving vehicles in 2017, and that year it was spotted using Lexus SUVs equipped with LiDAR equipment.
Several sources claimed that the electric vehicle will be released between 2023 and 2025, including reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The report cites a manager at a major Taiwanese manufacturing company who said: Apple aims to launch in September 2021, at least two years before the original plan.
While anything is possible, the previous timeframe is questionable, especially due to the impact of the pandemic.
Earlier this month, a report by DigiTimes claimed Apple is in initial negotiations with auto electronics suppliers, indicating that its car project is still in the somewhat early stages.
The report added that Taiwan’s semiconductor maker TSMC, Apple’s chipmaker partner, is working with Apple to develop the self-driving chip.
Over the years, there have been numerous reports of plans for Apple to develop a full-fledged vehicle or work on artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technologies for vehicles in general.
John Giannandrea, head of artificial intelligence at Apple, recently led the project.
And given that automakers often announce all new cars years in advance, one possibility is that Apple’s electric car can be previewed in late 2021, but without releasing it.