Apple’s New Trackpad Might Be The Solution To The Touchscreen Problem

I took the advice of a former colleague this weekend and endured the hoards at an Apple Store to check out one of the most mundane things imaginable: a trackpad. I pressed down and it clicked, as expected. But it didn’t actually “click,” it just felt that way. First thought: Neat! Second thought: I wonder if this… » 3/24/15 7:35pm 3/24/15 7:35pm

Things Car Makers Would Say If They Wanted To Be More Like Apple

So, Apple just had their big event thing where they showed off their incredible ability to remove ports from laptops and make some $10,000 wrist walkie-talkies. Apple puts on a good show, and automakers probably paid attention. Which might mean we'll start hearing car companies start saying stuff like this. » 3/10/15 7:30pm 3/10/15 7:30pm

​Why You Won't Be Able To Buy An Apple Car

Apple probably isn't getting into the car business. At least not in the way we know it today. It's getting into the mobility business, where you dial up a ride on your smartphone, Uber-style, get to where you're going and move on with your life. No monthly payments, no insurance, no maintenance and repairs. That's… » 2/25/15 12:02pm 2/25/15 12:02pm

No, Apple's Not Just Gonna Buy Tesla For $75 Billion

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 2/20/15 9:25am 2/20/15 9:25am

Why Is Chevrolet Sending Their Dealers To Disney?

Many of you who have gone car shopping have encountered some interesting characters on the sales-floor. But for the past four years Chevrolet has been taking advice from Mickey Mouse and Goofy in order to make your car-buying experience more pleasant. I guess it really is a small world after all. » 2/19/15 8:08am 2/19/15 8:08am

​Apple Reportedly Planning To Sell Its Car By 2020

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is pushing its automotive team to begin production of its rumored electric car in five years, a few years after Tesla is supposed to begin selling its Model 3 and Chevy put its 200-mile Bolt EV on sale. » 2/19/15 7:00pm 2/19/15 7:00pm

Why Is Apple Poaching Engineers From A Top EV Battery Company?

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 2/19/15 9:42am 2/19/15 9:42am

Apple Has Not Registered An Autonomous Car In California

There's been, to use the technical mathematical term, a crapload of speculation recently that Apple is developing a self-driving car. Almost all of this is stemming from one lousy picture of a sensor-and-camera-laden minivan. Never mind that the van is rigged for mapping, or any "facts" like that — Apple isn't… » 2/17/15 2:05pm 2/17/15 2:05pm

Please, Apple--Anyone--Fix My Shitty "Smart" Car 

The last time I was in a nice new car, the in-car display tried to take us to an incorrect address 40 miles away. It took fifteen minutes to enter a new address. It tried to make a call accidentally. The state of the "smart" car is horrendous—like, bad infomercial horrendous—and it's time for someone to fix it. » 2/14/15 6:00pm 2/14/15 6:00pm

Apple's Car Will Drive Itself, Says Reuters

As if yesterday's report that Apple is working on an electric car codenamed "Titan" wasn't surprising enough, this morning Reuters issued a follow up claiming Apple's car is actually of the self-driving variety. And there's more. » 2/14/15 2:11pm 2/14/15 2:11pm

Apple Really Is Working on a Car, Claims Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has hundreds of people working on a top secret project: an electric minivan. The massive undertaking, codenamed "Titan", is expected to last years, and it's entirely possible that Apple will abandon it. But if it doesn't, Steve Jobs's iCar dream will finally come true. » 2/13/15 6:00pm 2/13/15 6:00pm

Apple Is Reportedly Hiring Auto Experts To Work At Secret Research Lab

Where there's smoke, there's fire, and a flurry of reports, spy shots, and "leaks" point to Apple working on something car-related. But nobody has any idea what it is. » 2/13/15 2:39pm 2/13/15 2:39pm

​Apple CarPlay Could Ditch The Wires In Latest Release

For the few vehicles that actually support Apple CarPlay, an iPhone has to be connected to the car over USB, but that looks like it's going to change with a new software update. » 2/09/15 3:14pm 2/09/15 3:14pm

​Tesla Has Poached More Employees From Apple Than Anyplace Else

Plenty of people like to think of the Tesla Model S as a massive smartphone on wheels, with its huge battery, monolithic touchscreen, and constant software updates. So to hear that Tesla has snagged more employees from Apple than anywhere else shouldn't come as a surprise. » 2/06/15 1:57pm 2/06/15 1:57pm

​What Is Apple Doing With These Camera And Sensor-Laden Minivans?

Apple is apparently upping its mapping game with at least a few minivans kitted out with a combination of LIDAR and cameras spotted in both New York and California. But this likely isn't Apple's first foray into autonomous vehicles. » 2/04/15 12:40pm 2/04/15 12:40pm

​Apple-Approved CarPlay Accessories Are Coming

Accessory makers pay big bucks for those little "Works With iPhone" icons on the boxes of everything from cables to speaker docks, and a new trademark from Apple indicates that CarPlay will be the latest system to get in on the action. » 12/23/14 8:00pm 12/23/14 8:00pm

​Hyundai Is Making The Infotainment System We've Been Asking For

Automakers are starting to get it. We don't want to deal with clunky interfaces and shoddy graphics. If we want to listen to our music and get directions, we want a dumb screen to connect to our smart phone. That's what Hyundai will be offering next year, and it'll be less expensive to boot.
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More Car-Hacking Alarmism: Mac Hacker Didn't Really 'Brick' His Jeep

There's an article out now about how Apple security expert and intrepid car-hacking experimenter managed to 'brick' his new Jeep Cherokee. Fascinating story, right? Guy destroys his own car with a laptop? Too bad it's not true. Well, I guess good for the Jeep owner/experimenter. » 12/11/14 2:10pm 12/11/14 2:10pm

This Tweak Puts CarPlay On Your iPhone Without An External Screen

The CarPlay interface is undoubtedly better for using while driving than the regular 'ole screen. But unless you've got a shiny new car (or one of the expensive aftermarket dashes), chances are you don't have anything to pair your iPhone with. But this tweak gives you an idea of what CarPlay would look like running on… » 12/06/14 8:58pm 12/06/14 8:58pm

A Sneak Peek at 2015's Smartest Smart Cars

Here's the driver's dream: A vehicle that sends us where we want to go, plays the music we want to hear, and allows us to communicate (within reason) with the outside world, all with minimal distraction. It's the vision of the connected car, and it's a promise many automakers hope to deliver for 2015. » 11/25/14 12:06pm 11/25/14 12:06pm