Apple may be planning an electric car that could launch in 2019, according to a variety of reports from Silicon Valley.
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.
It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride on world stock markets of late. Investors were jittery last week ahead of the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting last Thursday. A major stock market crash in China last month led to billions being wiped from stock markets across the world.