Apple officially wants to be recognized as a car maker

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The Apple Car's going to need batteries after all. Photo: Cult of Mac/USPTO
Anyone else excited about the Apple Car? Apple's lawyers certainly are. Photo: Cult of Mac/USPTO

Whether Apple is actually building a car, or it’s just a controlled leak to show that the company has more planned after the Apple Watch, isn’t known yet. What is sure, though, is that Apple is now legally covered if it wants to slap its name and logo onto an automobile.

Using its regular law firm Baker & McKenzie in Zurich, Apple recently expanded its corporate description to not just include the current array of watches, smartphones, tablets and computers, but vehicles, too. And Apple’s lawyers aren’t taking any chances, either. Apple aircraft, anyone?

In terms of specifics, Apple is now covered as a maker of vehicles including “Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; electronic hardware components for motor vehicles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft; Anti-theft devices; Theft alarms for vehicles; Bicycles; Golf carts; Wheelchairs; Air pumps; Motorcycles; Aftermarket parts (after-market parts) and accessories for the aforesaid goods.”

This follow on from rumors that Apple has several hundred employees working on a not-so-top-secret project code-named “Titan” to build an Apple-branded electric vehicle to take on Telsa.

The “evidence” so far includes reports that Apple is poaching electric car battery makers from a number of companies prominent in this area, the number of car-related patents Apple holds in this area, and its surprising levels of car expertise based on people already working at the company.

In some ways, this is the first bit of tangible evidence that Apple really could be thinking along the lines of an electric vehicle. However, just as with the patents it holds, the websites it snaps up, and the trademarks it files, this could be (and, playing the odds, most likely is) a purely defensive move to stop anyone else coming along and making an Apple car of their own.

Either way, it’s pretty interesting.

Source: Apfelblog.ch

Thanks: Renato

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  • http://abetancort.org/ Alfonso C. Betancort

    Using its regular law firm Baker & McKenzie in Zurich, Apple recently expanded its corporate description to not just include the current array of watches, smartphones, tablets and computers, but everything listed in the Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and everything else not covered by these works even if yet unknown to the rest of mankind or any other living form, intelligent or not, in the Universe.

  • hoosieratarian

    Just focus on making a phone battery that lasts more than 6 hours please.

    • JoeyBill

      Just get an add-on battery please.

      • Anon

        Shouldn’t have to.

    • James Groom

      My battery onmy iPhone 6 Plus lasts more than 6hrs stop playing games then you might have a fighting chance lol

    • Corvus

      I’m usually up for 16 hours and when I go to bed my iPhone 5S battery is at 88%, what more do you want?

    • Conor Henry

      My 6+ is on 5 hours of usage and 11 hours 25 minutes of standby and I’m at 73% battery.

  • Costa K

    Could it just be that Apple is not working on building a car itself but on it’s components eg keyless entry, CarPlay, Maps etc.

    Building a car is a very expensive and risky business. Building components is less so.

    Just my thoughts.