It's Official: Apple Sees Itself Building Cars... and Planes and...
Speculation has run rampant since the Financial Times, followed by the Wall Street Journal, reported that Apple has assembled a team of as many as 200 people who are purportedly working on a secret electric car project, which may hit the streets as soon as 2020.
Of course, no one at Apple has confirmed these reports, only acknowledging that it has hired a some people with automotive and large format battery pedigrees. Until now, that is.
According to Cult of the Mac, Apple's Zurich-based law firm, Baker & McKenzie, has now expanded the definition of what technologies the Cupertino technology behemoth can pursue. In addition to computers, iPods, tablets, smart phones, etc., we can now add automobiles to the list. Here's Cult's take:
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.”
It seems the only thing they've left out is the kitchen sink.
As Cult concludes...
"...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."
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