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Apple Hires Former Tesla Engineering VP With Expertise in Car Interiors

Apple recently hired Steve MacManus, a former Tesla executive in charge of engineering for car exteriors and interiors, reports Bloomberg.

MacManus joined Tesla at 2015 and has also worked at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, and Aston Martin. According to his LinkedIn profile, MacManus is now a "Senior Director" at Apple, with no additional information provided.


While his interior design skills are applicable to Apple's car team, Bloomberg believes he could also be working on other projects at Apple, beyond the development of a car. Apple is widely believed to be working on a self-driving electric vehicle project, though given the myriad rumors about it over the years, it continues to be unclear what Apple's ultimate goal is.

For some time, rumors suggested Apple had shelved plans for a physical car and was instead focusing on software, but last year, there were again hints that Apple is planning on designing its own vehicle, which Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said could launch in 2023 to 2025.

Apple and Tesla regularly hire each other's employees, and have been embroiled in hiring wars for years now. Apple in the last year has hired former Tesla drive systems vice president Michael Schwekutsch and former Tesla chief vehicle engineer Doug Field.

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17 weeks ago

Teslas aren't attractive vehicles.

Yes they are
Rating: 30 Votes
17 weeks ago
Teslas aren't attractive vehicles.
Rating: 23 Votes
17 weeks ago

Teslas are junk. Reach higher than Tesla, Apple.


I hear nothing but praise for Teslas from online reviews and drivers I know personally.
Rating: 18 Votes
17 weeks ago
The interior is literally the worst part about Tesla...
Rating: 15 Votes
17 weeks ago

Teslas are junk. Reach higher than Tesla, Apple.

Though sometimes dinged for fit/finish, they’re hardly junk.
Rating: 10 Votes
17 weeks ago
I cannot wait to see the price of Apple Car Pro. I am sure even if I started saving now I would not be able to afford it.
Rating: 9 Votes
17 weeks ago


Teslas aren't popular either. The brand may be popular, but they hardly sell any cars.


it was the best selling luxury car of 2018 in the USA. it's the #1 best selling car in the Netherlands. they only recently started selling international too. what are you smoking?
Rating: 8 Votes
17 weeks ago

Though sometimes dinged for fit/finish, they’re hardly junk.


Agreed. Really happy with my Model X. Much better car than my BMW X3 or 335. Both of which collect dust since the Model X showed up. The Model X is fast, quick, silent, and goes 200 miles on $5-10 worth of electricity.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 weeks ago

Teslas aren't attractive vehicles.


I thought that until I bought one.
Rating: 7 Votes
17 weeks ago

Should have bought a German car. All-around better design and interior.


Don't be rude. Clearly they had their reasons for buying a Tesla and are happy with their choice.
Rating: 7 Votes

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