Apple didn’t just fix its dongle hell problem with a miraculous new connector

It takes a lot of courage to make changes that customers may like, and Apple is one prime example of that. The company is planning a wireless future for its devices, but that road is paved with lots and dongles and adapters that are needed to bridge the past to said future. The best examples in that regard are the iPhone 7 which lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and the 2016 MacBook Pro which lacks any ports but USB-C connectors.


A report on Monday hinted that Apple may be working on a new type of connector for iPhone accessories that would be thinner than USB-C and Lightning ports, the Ultra Accessory Connector or UAC. It turns out that’s not the case.

Documentation shared with Made for iPhone (MFI) partners seen by 9to5Mac reveals the UAC is an 8-pin connector that measures 2.05 x 4.84mm at the tip. The connector might be used by some accessory makers instead of USB-C or Lightning ports, to save space, but won’t be found in future iPhones or Mac.

A second report in Ars Technica explains that the UAC connector that will be used in MFi accessories already exists. It’s called Ultra Mini Connector by Mitsumi, while Nikon calls it UC-E6.

Apple confirmed to Ars that it’s adding the port to the MFi program at the request of licensees, not because it’s looking to adopt a new kind of connector for the accessories made for iPhone and Mac.

Apple’s specs for UAC indicate that the new connector will be used for headphones, 9to5Mac said in its original report. Apple will let manufacturers create Lightning to UAC, USB-A to UAC, and 3.5mm to UAC, adaptors.

Yes, that means you might need even more dongles for future iPhone accessories. In other words, Apple is far from fixing its dongle hell problem.

Apple iOS 10.3 Release Has A Great Secret Feature

Apple iOS 10.3 is a big release packed full of new features, but dig deep and you will find it also has a very popular one that has not been included in the official release notes…


‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

Buried in the settings of iOS 10.3 is the ability for Verizon customers to make WiFi calls. Discovered by MacRumors, simply navigate to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices and toggle it on. This brings Verizon customers parity with iPhone owners on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile who have had access to WiFi calling for some time.

What Is WiFi Calling?

In short: WiFi calling allows iPhone users to make and receive WiFi calls on all their other iCloud-connected devices whether that is an iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch or Mac. Perhaps the smartest part of WiFi Calling is that it still works even if your iPhone is on a different WiFi network or switched off. This can come in very useful if your iPhone is out of battery.Apple-iOS-10.3-Release-Has-A-Great-Secret-Feature-2018

While Verizon customers will be delighted by this addition, it is actually long overdue. After all not only do the network’s biggest rivals all have WiFi Calling already, but so do many smaller US carriers like MetroPCS and Simple Mobile. It has also been rolled out by several international carriers.

Verizon customers eager for WiFi Calling should jump on the iOS 10.3 beta release which is available now. If you haven’t signed up for iOS beta releases this can be done at Apple’s Beta Software Program site. Note bugs are often found in betas so if you prefer to wait for the final release of iOS 10.3 it remains about a month away.

Wi-Fi Assist is actually using too much iPhone data + More iOS 10 Fetaure Video

There’s a feature on iPhones called Wi-Fi Assist that is a common source of confusion for a lot of users. Wi-Fi Assist helps your iPhone switch to cellular data with your carrier when your local Wi-Fi is too weak to offer fast enough loading speeds.


That sounds risky especially if you have a limited monthly data cap, but most people shouldn’t have to worry about turning Wi-Fi Assist off. Here’s how to check and understand how much data Wi-Fi Assist is actually using.

There are plenty of stories on the Internet about how Wi-Fi Assist could cause your phone bill to rack up overage charges including local media reports and a viral LinkedIn article that a family member recently sent me.

These stories typically make Wi-Fi Assist sound scary and encourage you to disable the feature. In most cases, however, you can leave Wi-Fi Assist on and benefit from it when needed.

How to check how much data Wi-Fi Assist has used

This capability was missing when Wi-Fi Assist was first introduced, but Apple quickly implemented it in a later software update. Simply go to Settings → Cellular → swipe all the way down → and look for Wi-Fi Assist.

Under Wi-Fi Assist, you’ll see something like ‘55.1 MB’ depending on how much cellular data Wi-Fi Assist has used.

Below that, you’ll see a Reset Statistics button above the date of the last reset. In my example, I see ‘Aug 29, 2016 1:16 PM’ so Wi-Fi Assist has used 55.1 MB over a five month period.

In context, I have a 15 GB monthly data plan (or you could say 15,000 MB monthly data plan) so 55.1 MB over several months is a drop in the bucket. A lot of people have 2 GB data plans (or 2000 MB data plans) so using 10 MB on Wi-Fi Assist over one month probably isn’t a risk.

Check with your carrier to determine your monthly data plan (in some cases you may be able to raise your data at a better rate) and put your own Wi-Fi Assist usage stats in context.

Wi-Fi Assist is on by default, but you can find the toggle to disable Wi-Fi Assist in the same section as the usage stats if you decide the feature is still too risky.

Apple notes that you’ll always see the Wi-Fi symbol disappear from the status bar when Wi-Fi Assist kicks in, and the feature does not work when roaming charges could be applied. Wi-Fi Assist also won’t kick in when using apps that download large amounts of data or apps acting in the background.

These steps help keep Wi-Fi Assist useful without making it a problem feature that everyone should disable by default.

Apple iPhone 8 – 75 new iOS 10 features / changes! Youtube Video here

Apple is reportedly reinventing the iPhone fingerprint reader

Reliable Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting that they believe Apple is looking to leapfrog its existing Touch ID sensor, first introduced in 2013 with the iPhone 5s and refined with a 2x faster sensor for iPhone 6s, to instead rely on several new biometric technologies, which will enable new iPhones and iPads to feature ‘zero bezel’ designs.


The current Touch ID is a capacitive sensor, KGI believes the company will supplant it with a new optical fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition sensors. The optical sensor is necessary for Apple to execute its vision for a zero-bezel iPhone, currently rumoured for iPhone 8.

KGI’s report says that the ‘under glass’ design of current fingerprint recognition components used in the iPhone do not wholly meet the requirements of a full-screen form factor iPhone. As such, Apple will want to move to an ‘under panel’ system. This means abandoning the capacitive technology Apple acquired with the purchase of AuthenTec in 2013 and moving to an optical-type sensor.

However, optical fingerprint sensors will have to be compatible with the signal interference of flexible OLED panels (expected to debut with iPhone 8) and it makes production much more difficult. KGI says that the optical sensor is still in early development stages, so it doesn’t sound like it is going to debut with the iPhone 8 this year.

To date, Apple’s Touch ID Home Button has existed in two versions: the original sensor which debuted with iPhone 5s and a 2x faster second generation sensor included since the iPhone 6s. Independent reports about the next major iPhone, coming in the fall, claim that Apple will integrate the Home Button into the screen to reduce the bezels on the front.

Some form of face recognition technology has also been rumored to be part of the iPhone 8 tentpole features. KGI says that Apple is leaning towards full-face recognition rather than biometric iris recognition. Eventually, the firm believes Apple will rely solely on face recognition for authentication and unlock, eliminating the Touch ID sensor entirely. The timeline for this is not clear and again seems to be far in the future.

For the time being, KGI says Apple will rely on a combination of fingerprint and face detection sensors, rather than fully supplanting the latter with the former. It’s worth noting the report does not tie its commentary with any particular Apple product, so even if other rumors are swirling about face recognition for iPhone 8, KGI is not necessarily endorsing that sentiment at this stage.

Apple AirPods finally on sale

Apple’s first pair of wire-free headphones – AirPods – are now on sale for $159 after a couple of delays. While the truly wireless earbuds were meant to be in stores in October, Apple said it needed a “little more time” to get them right.


If you want to hit the trigger now, you can order a pair of AirPods through Apple’s Online Store. At time of writing, shipping has already slipped to “four weeks”, so you probably won’t get them in time for Christmas. Alternatively, AirPods will start showing up in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores from next week.

While traditional Bluetooth earbuds have a cable that joins one bud to another, AirPods are two independent units. The buds last five hours on a single charge, and 15 minutes in the included charging case gives you another three hours of juice. Apple says AirPods will last for more than 24 hours, when factoring in the number of recharges you get before the case runs flat.

While wire-free headphones are pretty nifty, the W1 chip found inside the AirPods is the real point of difference. The W1 chip allows AirPods to instantly pair with your iPhone when they’re nearby, and supports simultaneous connections to your Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac.

AirPods might look a little odd, but we were quite impressed with the fit, feel, and ease of use in an early hands-on. Even a bit of ferocious headbanging wouldn’t dislodge the buds.

If you prefer your headphones joined together, Apple’s Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 both feature the same W1 chip. Apple’s BeatsX buds also use the W1 chip, but have been pushed back to early next year.

2017 Apple Production of Cars Without Driver

Imagine how much investment would be required for the creation of the Apple Car? .It Has been definitely will take a lot of money, manpower and time. But perhaps even more than that to create these vehicles to enter sales. The project is actually named “Titan” and currently accounts for approximately 600 people. But eventually the number that will grow with the increased workload. Despite having little experience in this field, IT giants Americans believe that it could create a real revolution in the automotive market. Certain appearance is still unknown, but rotating the image of the concept of the individual. Or assumptions, how these vehicles can be seen. Probably will not appear in the next few years because of this large and complex job. But once there is a will, there is a way pesti.



On the streets in California we can see a test of unmanned vehicles, which attract a lot of attention. But one of the problems is the place where Apple will produce the vehicles. It is necessary to provide a good manufacturer of battery drive, which also will be the heart of the car is. Actually fully autonomous vehicles. This means that you will have the Auto-Pilot and manual control. So the driver can steer the vehicle,

What will happen?

In this sekarng era we certainly expect a futuristic vehicle with all the necessary auxiliary equipment, ranging from comfortable chairs and above all a sophisticated communications system. However, the company still remains secret. Because when something like this happens as a rumor by one of the manufacturers, it’s all just a matter of time. The biggest competitors in this field, in the opinion of many people, maybe Japan. They have professional people, the drive unit and the necessary capital. according to the information Apple made a deal with the organization of the AGM that utilizes the former military base in Concord. Which is located about 25 miles from San Francisco. Basic was abandoned in 2007. It has a lot of miles and miles of roads were left with the functional intersection, tunnels and crossings. This is exactly what is needed someone who tested the vehicle.


The future of the car industry

Many find it difficult to believe in the progress of this kind occurred in the automotive industry. But in fact we do not know what is being prepared by professional people in the giant company in the world. Perhaps one day we will enjoy it. Who knows what the company thinks. because it is a surprise for us. Wait for it.

2017 Apple’s Biggest year ever

Apple became the most profitable company in the world, and the following year, with the 6S and 6S Plus, was even bigger. But enthusiasm waned in 2016 — iPhone unit sales fell for the first time since the device hit the market in 2007.


For Apple, this past year was largely a time for refinements, not entirely new markets. But 2017 could be a completely different story. If all the rumors about the company’s product lines are true, next year could be Apple’s biggest — ever. Think radically redesigned iPhones, revamped iPads and new product categories. And 2017 could be a big year for software and services, too.

Most dramatic iPhone changes ever?

OK, Apple always says its latest iPhone is the best ever. But 2017’s claim may be legit.

We’ve just been through three years of the same-looking iPhone. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are water-resistant and boast better cameras, but they’re no longer a must-have upgrade.

The 10-year anniversary of the first iPhone comes next year, and there’s speculation that Apple could release a major new design.

Some rumors about the “iPhone 7S” (or “iPhone 8,” as some have dubbed it) include reports Apple could finally introduce wireless charging and ditch the round home button that has been in every iPhone since the first, which would let it pack a big screen in a smaller body.

Apple could release three new phones next year, including a premium version with an OLED screen. That would allow for better image quality and a thinner device because the display wouldn’t need backlights.

One thing all rumors seem to agree on is that there are big changes ahead for the next iPhone. It could set off what Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has dubbed a “supercycle” of demand.

Redesigned Apple Watch

As with the iPhone 7, Apple released a second-generation version of its smartwatch that looked an awful lot like the original. (But now with a water-resistant body!)

Apple doesn’t reveal how many Apple Watches it has sold, but IDC estimated the company shipped 1.1 million units in the third quarter, which included only a couple weeks of Apple Watch Series 2 sales. The firm said that “Apple’s success will likely be muted as the smartwatch category continues to be challenged.”

Still, Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this month that the gadget set a sales record during the first week of holiday shopping and is on track for its best quarter yet.

Apple in 2017 is expected to make the first design changes to the Apple Watch since it introduced the device last year. It has filed for a patent for a watch with a circular display, but it’s unclear whether such a device could go on sale in 2017. Likely changes include better screens, new health-focused sensors and cellular connectivity that lets you use the watch without your phone.

Apple glasses?

Apple’s next big wearable may be something worn on the face. A report said the company is working on smart glasses that would connect wirelessly to an iPhone, displaying images and other information to the wearer. But seeing this device next year could be a stretch; it’s reportedly still in the exploration phase.

Google Glass, introduced in 2012, failed spectacularly, but this year’s Snapchat Spectacles, which let users shoot videos to post to the Snapchat messaging app, have turned out to be hugely popular.

AR, VR push

Apple glasses could be the company’s first stab at augmented reality. It has largely been silent about the technology that overlays the virtual world on top of the real world (a good example of this is Pokemon Go). CEO Tim Cook has called it interesting, and it’s certain Apple will do something at some point — the question is when.

As for virtual reality, less is known about Apple’s ambitions. The company likely is exploring the tech that’s gotten the attention of Samsung, Facebook and Google, but it’s unclear what its plans are for the market.

iPads without a home button?

Apple’s iPad line hasn’t sold well for the past couple of years. The company has been counting on its Pro line — with optional detachable keyboard case and stylus — to revitalize demand, but so far, iPad Pros haven’t stemmed the two-year drop in iPad unit sales.

Reports say iPads could be in for big changes in 2017, some of which are similar to rumors of iPhone changes. Apple may get rid of the home button and minimize the bezels around the iPad screen. And some reports say Apple will introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro (joining the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions it has now, though reports vary on the actual size of the new device). There’s also talk the company could finally update its iPad Mini with a new 7.9-inch model in the spring.

Bezel-free iPad Pro to arrive without home button

Apple’s rumour mill has been the source of many an iPhone leak but the iPad has seen far less coverage, until now. A new leak suggests that Apple is preparing to release a new iPad with a greater screen to body ratio than ever before.


According to supply chain sources of Macotakara the next iPad Pro will be a 10.9-inch display toting unit sat in the same sized body as the current 9.7-inch version.

The sources claim that this new iPad Pro will have a near bezel-free edging thanks to the lack of home button. Rumours have also pointed to a new iPhone 8 due soon that ditches the home button in favour of a single piece of glass which can still detect fingerprints. Adding that to the iPad line also, makes sense.

This should mean it grows in thickness to 7.5mm, which is a bit more than the current Pro’s 6.1mm depth. The bezel that remains will be enough at the top to house a FaceTime camera, says the source.

Previous rumours have pointed towards a new iPad Pro of around this size suggesting these new details could be accurate.

How to Connect Your iPhone or iPad to Your TV

Sometimes even a 10-inch screen is just too small. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to connect your iPhone or iPad to any recent HDTV for a bigger-screen media experience. Here’s our guide, from the simplest to the most complex solutions.


Connect With a Cable
By far, the simplest way to connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV is to use Apple’s Digital AV Adapter, which is a cable that plugs your Apple device to your TV’s HDMI port. You’ll also need a standard HDMI cable—any one will do, so just buy the least expensive one you can find.

There are two models of the Digital AV Adapter. One is forLightning devices, and the other is for older phones and tablets with 30-pin ports, so make sure to choose the right one.

Connect your iPhone or iPad and TV with the cable, and switch the TV’s input to the port the cable is plugged into. Your TV will become a duplicate of the connected device’s screen. With the iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4s or later, you’ll get that in 1080p HD.

Now you can play your iTunes videos, Netflix movies, or whatever else you want on your TV.

Connect With Apple TV
Maybe you don’t want a pesky wire between your iPhone and your TV. The easiest way to connect wirelessly is with Apple’s own media extender, Apple TV.

Once your Apple TV is set up, make sure it’s connected to the same home Wi-Fi network as your iPhone or iPad. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone or iPad’s screen to find the AirPlay option. Tap on it, then select your Apple TV. Your Apple TV will start streaming whatever’s on your device’s screen.

One warning: In very crowded Wi-Fi environments, AirPlay video might break up or stutter. In that case, you’ll need to use a cable.

Connect With a DLNA App
If you have a recent Internet-enabled HDTV, it probably supports DLNA, a generic form of media streaming available on many different manufacturers’ products. You can stream unprotected music and video files (in other words, files stored in iTunes other than music and videos from the iTunes Store) using the third-party app ArkMC, available from the App Store for $4.99.

Connect your iPhone or iPad and your HDTV to the same home network. Open the ArkMC app on your device. Tap the “Arkuda DMS” option, then choose music, photos, or videos. On the Select Media Renderer screen, choose your TV.

If your TV doesn’t show up on the list, you may need to activate its DLNA function. Go to the TV’s Internet connection menu and look for an option to stream from a PC or home server. That’s DLNA. The Arkuda DMS folder may show up on your TV’s screen at that point, and you can navigate to a file and play it.

Connect With an Android TV Stick
There are more arcane, hackerish ways to connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV. For instance, you can get an Android powered TV stick, plug it into the back of your TV, install the Kodi media server app (formerly known as XBMC), and the stick will be able to play unprotected music and video from the built-in apps on your device by using the AirPlay button. It won’t support screen mirroring or protected video streaming.

In my experience, though, this approach is typically a nightmare. The sticks are slow, buggy, and unreliable, and Kodi support tends to break.

While we haven’t reviewed Android TV sticks. I suggest you look at this roundup from Laptop Mag if you want to go this route. Here’s a hint about what a pain they are: The review of the highest-rated product includes the phrase, “Once we downloaded an updated version of the device’s official firmware from and flashed the MK808B.”

While this is definitely a way to save money over an Apple TV (and the stick can run any Android app on your TV, which is cool), what’s your time worth? Probably more than the $50 difference.

Apple iCar Release Date Rumours

Apple iCar release date rumours: New evidence for iCar as Apple sets up team to create driverless OS

You might think that you’ve heard it all when it comes to Apple rumours, but the latest and most out-there yet is the idea that the company is working on a car, or an iCar as it’s often called. But the number of rumours about the iCar and the mounting evidence is beginning to convince us that maybe an Apple Car really is being built. Here, we bring you all of the rumours about the Apple Car, including iCar UK release date rumours, feature rumours and images of what the iCar might look like.


Updated 1 November: Apple still hasn’t confirmed it is working on an iCar, though it is definitely working on a driverless car OS, having recently set up a Canadian unit for the task for which it has poached several software engineers from QNX, a subsidiary of cell phone maker BlackBerry. This news comes a little more than a month after we heard Apple was in talks with McLaren to buy a “strategic stake” in the company (a rumour denied by McLaren). Apple is also allegedly looking to buy San Francisco startup Lit Motors outright, as it has several international self-driving patents.

Apple Car UK release date: When is the iCar coming out?

Of course, there’s nothing specific as it’s early days, but Bloomberg has said that the Car could arrive in 2020, after speaking with sources who say that’s when it will begin production of its own electric vehicle.

It tends to take automakers around five to seven years to develop a car, so 2020 sounds like a good bet to us. The Wall Street Journal, however, says that the Apple Car could appear as soon as 2019. However, on 17 October 2016 Apple halted its developments of an electric car, and instead put its focus on an ‘autonomous self-driving car’ – as reported by 9to5Mac.

It’s said that part of the problem was with the manufacturing process of the cars, whereby Apple couldn’t source components, presumably at a good price – as reported by Bloomberg.

Whenever the iCar comes out, we would expect it to support TouchID to be opened and used, where you would use your fingerprint as a car key. This innovative, but interesting way of unlocking a car is a popular idea among techies who see the Apple iCar being launched. This would provide better security to those who own a car and be a means of never losing your keys!

Apple Car: Workers laid off

According to a report from the New York Times in September, Apple was said to be rethinking its self-driving car strategy as other tech giants like Google and even Uber appear ready to start road testing their competing efforts. According to three people briefed on Apple’s move (that aren’t allowed to speak about it publicly, of course), the company has laid off dozens of employees working on the project, signalling issues with Apple’s ambitious car project.

It’s not the first time that Apple’s car project has been in trouble, as the company had to draft in Bob Mansfield, Apple veteran, in July 2016 to oversee the project and drive it forward as no real progress had been made. Apple is said to have told affected employees that the layoffs were a part of a “reboot” of the project, and of course, Apple has refused to officially make a comment.

Apple Car: How many will be made?

A report by Autocar suggests that Apple is planning on producing half a million cars a year. A (rumoured) target that is set to be ten times higher than the sales accomplished by Tesla. Within the report, Autocar also predict the iCar to be available by 2021 with a fully autonomous car available by 2026. It’s expected for Apple to make radical design changes and shake up the car industry – at least that’s what the rumours say.

Will there be an Apple Car? The evidence for the iCar

Apple Car hype has been fuelled by the company’s own Steve Cook at a shareholder meeting, in which he reportedly said of the rumoured Apple Car: “Do you remember when you were a kid, and Christmas Eve… it was so exciting. You weren’t sure what was going to be downstairs. Well, it’s going to be Christmas Eve for a while.”

Cook is clearly attempting to build hype around the idea, which means Apple’s almost certainly got plans for an iCar.

There has been talk about a mysterious Apple Car for a long time now, but in February 2015 the rumours really picked up the pace after Business Insider claimed to have spoken to an Apple employee who claims the company is working on an “exciting” new product that will “give Telsa a run for its money.”

According to the anonymous source, around 50 former Telsa employees had been “jumping ship” to work at Apple as part of its vehicle development team, and LinkedIn backs up that claim. The new employees specialise in mechanics, manufacturing and robotics. That said, Telsa has apparently hired about 150 Apple employees, so it sounds like the two companies are in a bit of a war.

Other Apple employees that hint at a future car include Doug Betts, who has 25 years of experience working for Nissan, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler. Swiss researcher Paul Furgale, who led the V-Charge project that developed self-parking cars, is also now working for Apple.

The Wall Street Journal says that Apple has several hundred people working on a vehicle development project codenamed Titan.

The Guardian also references Project Titan in a report claiming that Apple has made a self-driving car that’s ready for testing. Google and Telsa have been testing their self-driving vehicles on public roads, but Apple has apparently found a top-secret testing location called GoMentum Station, a World War II-epoch disused naval base just outside of San Francisco. The base is believed to have 20 miles of everyday public transport scenarios for Apple to test its cars on, including cattlegrids and highways. There are said to be armed soldiers patrolling the base at all times to stop anyone getting a look inside.

More evidence fuelling the theory that Apple is building an iCar stems from rumours that Apple is working with a Korean battery developer to develop a battery for Project Titan.

The car that Apple could be working on it rumoured to borrow some tech from BMW, which has been meeting with Apple according to reports. Apple seems to be particularly interested in the carbon-fibre-reinforced BMW i3 electric car. Of course, it could just be working on a deal to move its CarPlay project forward, as BMW has been an early partner for Apple’s in-car tech.

In an interview in May 2012, Apple board member Mickey Drexler said that Steve Jobs had wanted to rethink the automotive industry, which is solid proof that it’s something Apple is interested in, but whether or not that means an actual car or simply in-car tech remains to be seen.

Also in May Apple’s research and development (R&D) budget has increased from $3bn in 2012 to $10bn in 2016, a massive rise. Many suspect that this new rise in budget has more significance than a new iPhone, iPad or Mac, where rumours suggest that Apple are developing something a lot bigger, an iCar.

In an interview with the BBC, Ford boss Mark Fields believes Apple is building a car. This comes after the news of Chris Porritt, the former Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering being employed by Apple. There is therefore strong evidence that Apple is building a car and is committing serious investments towards an autonomous, tech-centred car.

Other strong evidence comes in the form of Apple patents relating to cars, including one from early 2012 that tries to solve the problem of how multiple people can all use one car but still be comfortable. It uses preferences stored in your iPhone that could automatically adjust the position of the seat, headrest and steering wheel.

It seems as if Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has ‘confirmed’ the existence of Apple’s iCar in an January 2016 interview with the BBC. When discussing Apple’s car project, he called it an “open secret” that the company is developing a rival car and that “it’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it”. He continued to say that “companies like Apple will probably make a compelling electric car, it seems like the obvious thing to do”. Although in our opinion, this seems more like a hunch rather than somebody with inside knowledge on the subject. Even so, Musk isn’t too bothered – when asked if he was worried about Apple entering the automotive industry by a German magazine, he replied sarcastically “Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch?”.

While some car manufacturers are already writing off Apple’s car-related efforts, in February it seemed as if Ford was welcoming the competition, thinking it could be great for the automotive industry. Speaking to Trusted Reviews, Don Butler, Executive Director of Ford Connected Vehicles said “We welcome others joining. We welcome the activity that’s in the space. We think it’s exciting. It’s actually change that we are embracing.”

He goes on to mention Apple and Google by name, stating that he thinks the tech companies can ‘do it’. “So I think Apple can do it. I think Google can do it.” he continued. Though this isn’t confirmation that Apple is working on a car, it seems to be common knowledge throughout the automotive industry that Apple is working on something automotive related.

Will there be an Apple Car? The evidence against the iCar

You might be feeling pretty convinced that an Apple Car is in the works now, but as with any story, there are two sides to this one.

For one, most big companies work on hundreds of projects that never actually make it to market, so even if Apple is working on an iCar it doesn’t mean we’re going to be able to buy one.

Plus, we’re fairly certain that Apple is creating its own version of Google Street View, so the project in question might actually relate to Maps. In fact, in July, Apple confirmed these suspicions when it published a web page called Apple Maps vehicles that reads: “Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates.”

Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche says that he doesn’t think Apple will make a car, but even if it does he won’t be losing sleep over it. “If there were a rumour that Mercedes or Daimler planned to start making smartphones then [Apple] would not be sleepless at night. And the same applies to me.”

Zetsche isn’t the only car company boss that thinks an Apple Car wouldn’t be a good idea. GM vice president Bob Lutz told CNBC that the iCar could be a “gigantic money pit,” because “Apple has no experience.” He said: “There’s no reason to assume Apple will do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or Hyundai.”

He also said that the automotive industry is a low margin business, particularly when it comes to electric cars. “You can’t show me one company in the world that, to date, has made one nickel from electric cars,” Lutz said. “They are generally money-losers… there is absolutely no reason to assume that Apple is going to be financially successful in the electric car business.”