Apple Wanted To Design A Car Before They Made The iPhone

Apple Wanted To Design A Car Before They Made The iPhone

Apple has always had a lot of “crazy” ideas that they throw around the company and see if it’s something they could do really well. The iPhone and iPod came about because Apple was frustrated with their MP3 players and cellphones, so they decided to see if they could do it better.

In the past there were even rumors that Steve Jobs wanted to design a car. Well during Phil Schiller’s testimony this morning at the Apple vs Samsung trial we found out that those iCar rumors actually had some serious weight behind them.

During his testimony for the trial, Nick Bilton of the New York Times tweeted   – “Phil Schiller on stand said before making the iPhone, there was discussion of Apple making a camera or a car – ‘crazy stuff.’”

We always thought the iCar rumors seemed pretty crazy, but no we’re wondering if they have a trove of car design sketches stashed away just in case. What do you think? Would you be interested in buying an Apple Car? Or should Cupertino stick to electronics?

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  • matrix3D

    If Apple released a car, it would probably be around the same price as a Lamborghini.

  • BigLama

    If Apple released a car, it would probably be around the same price as a Lamborghini.

    i think your right it probably would be the same price or even more, but just imagine how AWESOME would it be!!!? :)

  • gnomehole

    I’d buy one. Would be fun to see SamEsung copy it.

  • Tallest_Skil

    You want to see the car that Apple would make, look no further than Tesla.

    Apple’s car would look completely different, but the spirit embodied in what Tesla is doing is exactly what Apple would have done, plus some surprises that we can’t even imagine.

    I say ‘we’. I can think of a few things, but no one likes it if anyone else on the face of the planet thinks they have any actual ideas that Apple might like, so I’ll refrain.

  • BelievetheHype

    “Or should apple stick to electronics?” who’s to say that the icar would not be a completely electric car?? Seems like considering they are in California.. Competition for tesla cars.

  • BelievetheHype

    “Or should apple stick to electronics?” who’s to say that the icar would not be a completely electric car?? Seems like considering they are in California.. Competition for tesla cars.

  • joewaylo

    While driving, the steering wheel fails and the accelerator gets stuck crashing your vehicle into a tree. You sue Apple for malfunctioning car equipment. Apple replies “You’re holding it wrong”

  • msnight04

    I wonder how much AppleCare would be. Maybe AppleCare+ would negate the need for car insurance.

  • totaji

    An iOS car stereo would be cool actually.

  • mr_bee

    Actually this whole article is completely untrue. Phil Schiller said (when talking about the media) that a lot of people thought they should do a car. Which is a totally different thing than “Apple was going to design a car.” It was a suggestion from outside.

  • mr_bee

    You want to see the car that Apple would make, look no further than Tesla.

    Apple’s car would look completely different, but the spirit embodied in what Tesla is doing is exactly what Apple would have done, plus some surprises that we can’t even imagine.

    I say ‘we’. I can think of a few things, but no one likes it if anyone else on the face of the planet thinks they have any actual ideas that Apple might like, so I’ll refrain.

    I completely disagree with this wild speculative *opinion.*

    The Tesla is a rich dude’s sports car.

    It basically appeals to any guy who ever wanted to own a limited edition Camero or a Corvette but wants to relieve themselves of environmental guilt associated with the fantasy. It’s just your average sports car, but with a giant laptop battery inside. It’s a niche market car and completely impractical for the average person.

    IMO, an electric version of the smart car is far closer to what Apple might design.

    At the very least it would have to be a “Volkswagen” type of car that everyone/anyone can drive and it would be affordable. It also wouldn’t have all the doodads, irrelevant swooshes and weird sporty bits. it would be a simple, beautiful shape that was precisely engineered.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I completely disagree with this wild speculative *opinion.* The Tesla is a rich dude’s sports car.

    The Roadster, sure. Not the S. Not the X.

    So that cuts out your entire argument right there.

  • Luis Fernando Rocha

    I would definitely be interested, though it would be prohibitively expensive at first, being a car and all. :-/

  • copperbum

    doesn’t anyone else think that a car designed by apple would be completely rubbish? come on

  • Tallest_Skil

    doesn’t anyone else think that a car designed by apple would be completely rubbish? come on

    You’ve absolutely no reason to think that, so no.

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