Who knows how many have been fooled.
Apple is reportedly back in the auto business following a report last week the tech giant intends to launch an electric vehicle by 2024 or, perhaps, 2028. More on that shortly. Tesla's Elon Musk expressed some doubt about the vehicle but Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess says he welcomes the competition. Details about the proposed Apple car's design remain under lock and key but expect it to be a technological tour de force packed with advanced systems such as smart windscreen glass and potentially game-changing batteries. Hopefully, Apple will provide more details and, perhaps, an official project confirmation in the coming months.
But until then, everything is purely speculation and this can lead to some wild internet creativity, like this fake Apple car that suspiciously looks like 2013's Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
This video was initially released on TikTok and later uploaded to YouTube. It might seem somewhat believable at first, but those wacky and technically impossible wheels are dead giveaways of the CGI fakery. Assuming the Apple car rumors are even true, prototypes wouldn't be anywhere near this advanced testing stage. It also would not see the light of day until its official debut. But what could the Apple car look like? Will it be a sedan, like the Tesla Model 3, or an SUV like the Nissan Ariya?
One thing is probably for certain: it won't be a pickup truck. The company needs the vehicle's appeal to be vast and trucks, despite their popularity, are not for everyone. But a new report from MacRumors claims that the Apple car's launch may not happen until 2025, at the earliest. A 2028 debut is actually more feasible.
"We predicted in a previous report that Apple will launch Apple Car in 2023-2025," the report states. "However, our latest survey indicates that the current development schedule of Apple Car is not clear, and if development starts this year and everything goes well, it will be launched in 2025-2027 at the earliest. Due to changes in the EV/self-driving market and Apple's high-quality standards, we would not be surprised if Apple Car's launch schedule is postponed to 2028 or later."
Regardless of when it happens, just don't expect the Apple car to look like a nearly decade-old Mercedes concept.