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  • Kuo: 'Apple Car' to use Hyundai's E-GMP platform, GM and PSA partnerships possible

    If so, Apple is treating a car like a phone; get the screen from Samsung, the cellular modem from Qualcomm, etc.

    In this case you’re not really getting an Apple Car, but a branded Kia with CarOS.

    I’m not saying this leads to a bad product at all, but it doesn’t make me excited for the brand and have respect for building a car company from the ground up, like Tesla has been doing. They’ve created their own factories, their own production tech and processes, their own battery tech, chips and software. 

    Feels like Apple tried to do this but failed and are now going for a different strategy, which is completely dull and uninspiring.

    That said - rumors! We don’t know anything for sure yet. 
    Agreed. They can't farm out the design and manufacture of parts that make a car a car to whoever makes the cheapest and then put an Apple logo on it and expect to charge a premium.

    I had a Ford Escape once, and while it was dependable and functional, every part inside looked like it came from a different supplier (plastics with different colours and textures that were supposed to the the same), so it oozed a car designed around manufacturing efficiency not driver satisfaction. Apple's strength is in the integration of all the components by controlling the design and manufacturing process (even of the manufacturing is subbed out). Just changing a few side panels on a Kia and putting apple software in it means they completely miss the point of why one buys a premium car. I'll keep my EV Jag, thank you very much and plug in my iPhone to the dash to fix the software.
    watto_cobra
  • 'Apple Car' may automatically configure seats, keep displays private


    rcomeau said:
    Sorry, but these are stupid and not innovative in any way.

    What the heck are you trying to hide on your dashboard screen and from whom? Your wife sitting next to you? You are in a private, closed environment. Someone not wearing shutter glasses can see the screen perfectly well, just at 50% brightness. How stupid are you going to look wearing shutter glasses over your regular (for those of us who wear glasses) to drive a car? By the way, shutter glasses are 30 years old, so hardly new. They were among the first 3D glasses (Stereopgraphics) and the method was swapping left-right news in two alternating buffers. Pretty simple to have both shutters on/off at the same time (instead of alternating) so again, nothing new.
    Try reading the article again, specifically about shared screens with multiple users' content on them. Dummy content to obscure from outside observers. It's for passengers, not drivers.
    Really, maybe Apple car feature rumours should be limited to features that might actually be appealing to someone. This throw all the noodles to the wall to see what sticks method hardly makes anyone excited at the prospect of an Apple car (on top of the rumour that Kia will be making them?). Not getting me excited at least.

    Or they can just write about the myriad patents that have been coming out for the past five years and you can skip over the ones you're not interested in? Some of us are interested in the patents, thank you very much. What gets you excited could not be less interesting to me.

    Sorry, I did not realize anyone looked at porn while driving and worry about people sitting next to you at a traffic light sticking their heads out the window and peeking at your screen? What would one want to hide? Is the battery charge state a national secret? Is that screen so expensive that you can't have two, if viewer-specific content is so important? Instead, you have to double the brightness (since your eyes are getting a 50% duty cycle of the screen) and you have to have specific shutter glasses that you cannot lose or break by sitting on them accidentally. Anyone else in the car will have a distractingly bright screen in their face unless they are to wear the glasses.

    There are a million things Apple can do better than other companies, but this is not anywhere on any reasonable person's list. BTW, these forums are here exactly for al of us to comment with our opinions. None of our opinions matter to Apple, so it is really for the entertainment of us exchanging ideas and opiions.
    qwerty52razorpit
  • 'Apple Car' may automatically configure seats, keep displays private

    Sorry, but these are stupid and not innovative in any way.

    What the heck are you trying to hide on your dashboard screen and from whom? Your wife sitting next to you? You are in a private, closed environment. Someone not wearing shutter glasses can see the screen perfectly well, just at 50% brightness. How stupid are you going to look wearing shutter glasses over your regular (for those of us who wear glasses) to drive a car? By the way, shutter glasses are 30 years old, so hardly new. They were among the first 3D glasses (Stereopgraphics) and the method was swapping left-right news in two alternating buffers. Pretty simple to have both shutters on/off at the same time (instead of alternating) so again, nothing new.

    Cars have had memory seats for some time now. I imagine some linked to the FOB in your pocket.

    I hear Apple's new car is rumoured (don't ask my source, it is secret) that it will have the ability to move in the forward OR the reverse direction. Speculation, but this incredible mode switch may be accessible via a button on the dash, iPhone App and maybe, just maybe via Siri.

    Really, maybe Apple car feature rumours should be limited to features that might actually be appealing to someone. This throw all the noodles to the wall to see what sticks method hardly makes anyone excited at the prospect of an Apple car (on top of the rumour that Kia will be making them?). Not getting me excited at least.
    razorpitavon b7qwerty52
  • Some Mac software has made it all the way from 68K to M1 - here's why

    When will I stop receiving onscreen messages telling me 3rd Party Software installed on my Mac won’t be compatible with a future version of Mac OS and to contact the developer? It’s not the customers job to remind the developer to update their software to be compatible. 
    If the software you are using is still being developed and supported and you are updating it, you should almost never hear about this. If your software is out of date, then yo are getting fair warning. Otherwise you will get a legion of angry users who all of a sudden find that their software stops working after an OS upgrade. Pick the lesser of the evils.
    maximaradocno42
  • Elon Musk says Apple CEO Tim Cook refused meeting to discuss acquiring Tesla

    dewme said:
    Interesting piece of trivia, but in the end I believe everyone involved made the right decisions for their respective companies. I'm sorry, but I don't get excited in the least when some folks start talking about Apple getting involved in electric vehicle production. For a company like Apple that has done so well and benefitted so greatly by focusing on problems that reside at the intersection of Technology & Liberal Arts, the grunge work of manufacturing automobiles doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun. If Apple gets to the point where it's all about chasing the money they will cease to be Apple.
    Some think automobiles, particularly when self-driving becomes standard, will become more of an infotainment device that happens to do so while you are moving. All that free time in traffic means a lot of eyeballs to consume media. Controlling the car means controlling the interface and iOS can be central to that.
    fastasleep