An Apple self-driving car would hover six feet above the ground and look down at the rest of us.
Apple is investing significant resources into a car-related project, so much so that it's been reassigning employees from other divisions, insiders claim. Sources familiar with the matter told El Reg that Apple has shifted so much staff towards its auto division that senior managers in other divisions are complaining about the …
Sorry, but the car you described would spin like a rainbow disc at about 50cm off of the ground and cut us off at the knees, as per Steve's notes, leaving us all incapacitated and needing an apple car.
The MacAir self flying airthingy is another story.. comes in about 1.60m...
>exert any of their nonsense ui on me. I'm out.
'Force Touch' is only available on:
- Apple Watch. Isn't pushed on you unless you have bought an Apple Watch.
- Certain Macbooks. Isn't a compulsory part of the UI. Indeed OSX has a history of retaining UI elements such as Menus and Keyboard Shortcuts even when it adopts new ways of interacting, such as multitouch trackpad gestures. Compare to MS Office...
- A rumoured iPhone. Isn't pushed on you because it hasn't been released.
- An 18v power drill. Not made by Apple, was made in partnership with a British material company to demonstrate their piezo material that allowed great sensitivity to material stress with next to no strain. I haven't seen much of it since it appeared in IE magazine.
There won't BE an "indicator stalk" or any stalks or a steering wheel or a shifter or pedals or anything like that in this car. Or in Google's car. That's the thing about self-driving cars, you won't have to worry about such details because you'll only be a passenger no matter what seat you're in.
If this is like other Apple products:
* It will only work on the iHighway system.
* There is no bonnet/hood to open. You will not be able to service it.
* The paint job will be really, really good.
* You will need to hold the steering wheel exactly right or the engine will cut out.
remember that Apple originally tried to bake iTunes into other phone handsets (Motorola) before giving up and making their own.
CarPlay looks similar - Apple offered it, and the industry took ages to adopt and when they did it was a horrid hack job, so now maybe Apple have decided to produce the whole kit themselves.
If history is anything to go by, when Apple announce the product, the other car companies will say that Apple will fail and don't realise the complexity (just like Nokia and RIM said about the iPhone) and after Apple release the iCar - Kia and Daewoo cars will suddenly adopt the Apple styling and claim that it shouldn't be patented.
And yes, just like the iPhone runs on existing mobile networks, the iCar will run on existing infrastructure.
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