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A newly-discovered automotive job listing claims that Apple is seeking a supplier quality engineer with Chinese manufacturing experience, possibly revealing that the company is looking to extend iinto car-related products.

Citing a report from CarNewsChina.com, popular auto blog Jalopnik said on Thursday that Chinese head-hunting firm Allegis-BN is supposedly looking for a recruit to fill a position for an undisclosed Apple project.

The job posting was originally filed two weeks ago under the automotive section of LinkedIn and claims that the Cupertino, Calif., company is looking for a Supplier Quality Engineer/New Product Integration supervisor with experience in CNC/die casting/stamping/plastic injection."

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Apple(China) Looking for SQE/NPI with over 4 years Mechanical engineering background familiar with CNC/die casting/stamping/plastic injection, can use APQP/ PPAP/SPC to control product quality.

While the job ad mentions Apple, it should be noted that Shanghai-based Allegis-BN does not include the iPhone maker as a customer on its client list webpage.

If the ad is legitimate, however, it wouldn't be the first time Apple has been rumored to be dabbling in the automotive space, as a 2007 report claimed that the computer giant was in talks with Volkswagen over building an Apple-integrated concept car.

Currently, Apple doesn't make any official car-centric products, though Daimler recently announced a Mercedes-Benz project that heavily integrates the iPhone in the car company's next generation "infotainment" system. The German car maker says that when the product debuts, it will mark the first time a car has the ability to interface with Apple's Siri voice-recognition software.

The Drive Kit Plus will make its debut in the A-class line and is expected to be included in the German company's B-, C- and E-Class cars by this fall.

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Well, the iPhone nano rumors didn't work.

And the tiny iPad rumors didn't work.

And the television rumors aren't working.

Apple must be making a car, then.

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Apple must be making a car, then.

yep it's the iCar and mini version the iBike

It will be electric, get up to 10 hours a charge. Only seat one and will be controlled by Siri

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post #4 of 51
I could easily see Apple coming out with a gold standard car integration system using iOS technology. They could license it to auto manufacturers much like AirPlay to audio companies and make it drool worthy for any new car buyer.
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yep it's the iCar and mini version the iBike

It will be electric, get up to 10 hours a charge. Only seat one and will be controlled by Siri

My thoughts exactly.
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It will be electric, get up to 10 hours a charge. Only seat one and will be controlled by Siri

I like the idea of car usage based on hours instead of miles. Drive for seven hours. If that's 500 miles or if that's 150 miles, that's fine. Still have three hours of charge left.

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Having used Microsoft's "cutting edge" MyFord Touch product in Ford's latest vehicles,... I can only imagine how nice it would have been to have an Apple-designed system instead!
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...and will be controlled by Siri

But what happens when you shout "Oh shit!"?

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post #9 of 51
Obviously they aren't making a car, but i can totally see an istereo car audio system, apple could quickly become the next allpine brand of stereo's for automobiles heh.
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yep it's the iCar and mini version the iBike

It will be electric, get up to 10 hours a charge. Only seat one and will be controlled by Siri

Maybe an Iputter controled by SIRI.lol:
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Well, the iPhone nano rumors didn't work.

And the tiny iPad rumors didn't work.

And the television rumors aren't working.

Apple must be making a car, then.

Is CarNewsChina.com owned by Digitimes?

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The rumor is that Apple is going to be making high-end Transmissions and Radiators, such as one dub the iRad which will retail for between $1699 - $1899 and will come out in 2016.

In other news, Apple has nowhere said the "iPad 3" is being introduced on March the 7th. Such a rumor, likely it's going to be the iSlate tabletop computer we've all been waiting on.

Again, Apple DID NOT or has not said ONE THING about a product called "iPad 3" even existing.
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But what happens when you shout "Oh shit!"?

Siri: "I have found five restrooms. Three of which are fairly close by!"
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yep it's the iCar and mini version the iBike

It will be electric, get up to 10 hours a charge. Only seat one and will be controlled by Siri

No iVan or iTruck? But maybe a secret iPlane will arrive in mid 2013, since the iPad is already FTA approved this ought to be peanuts.
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IS APPLE ALSO HIRING a GOLF PRO

That's for the iPad FORE.

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That's for the iPad FORE.

That joke was so bad it gave me cancer.

Is it solipsistic in here or is it just me?
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That joke was so bad it gave me cancer.

Is it solipsistic in here or is it just me?

It wasn't my best. In fact, it was so bad I couldn't resist writing it after it popped into my head. I have a problem. I'm just sorry others have to suffer because of it.

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Siri: "I have found five restrooms. Three of which are fairly close by!"
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I'd hope it would be smart enough to call the ambulance. ;-)

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post #19 of 51
Could be for Google's driverless car.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_driverless_car

Oh no, Apple and Google are having a neighborhood spat.
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Well, the iPhone nano rumors didn't work.

And the tiny iPad rumors didn't work.

And the television rumors aren't working.

Apple must be making a car, then.

So, I guess next year Apple will be making an eight inch car with a television in it.
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Could be for Google's driverless car.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_driverless_car

The problem with Apple's version is that it only takes you where it wants to go¡

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Siri: "I have found five restrooms. Three of which are fairly close by!"
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That is something I really need! LOL
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That's for the iPad FORE.

They will be bringing out the 7" iPad with it - the iPutt.
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Mechanical engineers work on a lot of things other than cars. From the quote it is more likely that it has do with case manufacture. Sorry no iCars.
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So, I guess next year Apple will be making an eight inch car with a television in it.

Ah, see, Apple has mastered intradimensional storage, so the next device will simultaneously have a 2.5" screen, a 5" screen and a 7" screen to appeal to the entire market of nonsensical products at once. You just have to subconsciously want to be using the proper screen size and it will be adjusted in your perception to be that screen size.

It works for people watching you use it, too. So you could be using it as a phone and experience a 2.5" screen as you hold it to your face, but people watching you could see you holding a 7" screen device to your head if they wanted to see that, and so it would be clipping into your shoulder and through your hand as you walk around.

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post #26 of 51
I wonder who owns the trademark in China for iCar ™©

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Well, the iPhone nano rumors didn't work.

And the tiny iPad rumors didn't work.

And the television rumors aren't working.

Apple must be making a car, then.

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

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but something more along the lines of the Apple TV interface. It would have to be streamlined and simple to use.

'Simple to use' and 'Apple TV interface' do not belong in the same sentence.

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post #29 of 51
It sure makes sense to integrate the iPhone with auto system. What is being included now is terribly expensive and hard to use. Got to read through 200 pages to figure out the GPS, radio, etc. It would nice to just clip the iPhone or iPad in a built in dash cradle and hook up with the wheel controls, etc. Got easier to use GPS/Nav, plus could use streaming music, searches, etc. May be control HVAC, etc. With the iPhone, I would not need another data plan.... may be tie to a bigger screen.

A lot of this stuff can be done today with the iPhone, but not seamlessly.
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Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot View Post

Having used Microsoft's "cutting edge" MyFord Touch product in Ford's latest vehicles,... I can only imagine how nice it would have been to have an Apple-designed system instead!

Absolutely. This is the likely reason for this action. Mercedes Benz has already announced that it will fully integrate iOS and Siri in its upcoming A-Class models. Ford has Sync, GM has OnStar. Why not an iOS based Honda, or Toyota, or Chrysler? Android can have Fiat or Hyundai.
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Apple's final frontier in computing?

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yep it's the iCar and mini version the iBike

It will be electric, get up to 10 hours a charge. Only seat one and will be controlled by Siri

I would legitimately buy an Apple bike.
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Absolutely. This is the likely reason for this action. Mercedes Benz has already announced that it will fully integrate iOS and Siri in its upcoming A-Class models. Ford has Sync, GM has OnStar. Why not an iOS based Honda, or Toyota, or Chrysler? Android can have Fiat or Hyundai.

I don't think it's far fetched. As the analysts have (correctly for once) been reporting lately Apple will need to expand its product offerings if it wishes to maintain future growth at the same rate. Going with automobiles is just another way to tie in their ecosystem even it means adopting a new model of dealing with other companies.

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Pshh, heck, I'd buy a car styled after the Magic Mouse in a heartbeat. You know it'd get good electricity milage because of how aerodynamic it would be.

In a HEARTBEAT.

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I would legitimately buy an Apple bike.

I imagine this is what it would look like.

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I could easily see Apple coming out with a gold standard car integration system using iOS technology. They could license it to auto manufacturers much like AirPlay to audio companies and make it drool worthy for any new car buyer.

I have to say I have been saying exactly this for a long time. Not to mention a coherent interface for microwaves, ovens and ... well just about anything that needs programming.
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Well with Steve no longer with us they might go with a two button car now ....
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The problem with Apple's version is that it only takes you where it wants to go¡

That is bad!

But driving in a safe, walled garden may be better you know!
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Originally Posted by tjwal View Post

Mechanical engineers work on a lot of things other than cars. From the quote it is more likely that it has do with case manufacture. Sorry no iCars.

My thoughts exactly. The job requirements don't mention cars, they mention mechanical engineering and manufacturing processes which are used to produce just about everything. I'm not sure how the "automotive" part got attached to this story...
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Ha!

Maybe the job is for nail clipper designer

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post #40 of 51
I just mentioned the Apple Car Rumor in Sept 2011. On my blog. Which is awesome.

Anyways, I'm skeptical about The Apple Car. Only because I lived through the first round of rumors and drawings and dreaming.
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