Yesterday was Apple’s 2016 fourth quarter earnings call. Of course Tim Cook was questioned about the Apple Car, and the questions were asked by none of than Piper Jaffray’s, Gene Munster. Although Cook said there was nothing official to announce, he did acknowledge the interest in the car segment due to its technological potential. Cook said:
I can’t speak about rumors, but as you know, we look for ways we can improve the experience and the customer’s experience on different sets of products. We’re always looking at new things and the car space is an area where it’s clear there are a lot of technologies that will become available… or will be able to revolutionize the car experience. It’s interesting from that point of view. But certainly nothing to announce today.
Cook also avoided follow up questions related to pinpointing excess R&D spending. He blamed the spending on “confidently investing in the future”. That’s surely not a bad thing. Let’s hope the future is Project Titan.
Shortly after the conference call, Bloomberg reported that Apple has at least two dozen former Blackberry QNX employees working on a car operating system in Kanata, Canada. This is not a big surprise since we knew that former Blackberry automotive boss, Dan Dodge, is now a key player in Project Titan’s automotive software. However, some more specific validation is welcome.
We will have more on this development in the coming days.
Source (Mac Rumors)