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The next big thing... Apple 'planning electric car'

Published 21/09/2015 | 19:55

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, in this July 21, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files
An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, in this July 21, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files

Apple may be planning an electric car that could launch in 2019, according to a variety of reports from Silicon Valley.

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But although the giant electronics manufacturer is said to have long-term ambitions to make a self-driving car, its first planned model is set to be a manual drive vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The project’s current 600-strong team is set to increase to 1,800 according to the paper.

Apple has recently been hiring automotive experts from electric car specialists such as Tesla, according to AppleInsider.

And the company’s legal staff have met with civic authorities in California to discuss the matter, according to other reports.

The news comes after Apple chief executive Tim Cook told employees that the company was making a “substantial donation” to help European refugees. A separate area on Apple’s main webpage has been set aside to support a public appeal on the issue.

Meanwhile, the company has said that half of the world’s iPhones have already downloaded iOS9, the company’s latest operating system. The new operating system has new modes to save battery life and block mobile ads.

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