Apple Reportedly Sent Team of Employees to South Korea to Discuss Apple Car Development

A team of Apple employees that are part of Apple Car's development reportedly visited South Korea on a secret business trip to meet with. local companies, such as LG, the SK Group, and others, to discuss Apple's automotive ambitions and possible business opportunities.

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That is, at least, according to a report citing South Korean sources from Taiwanese DigiTimes, who claim that during their trip, the employees met with LG and the SK Group, a prominent South Korean company consisting of 95 subsidiary companies, to discuss the ‌Apple Car‌.

The report says that the meeting was part of Apple's continued efforts to find partners suitable for joining its ‌Apple Car‌ supply chain. Apple is said to be actively seeking new suppliers and major business partners that will help launch its autonomous vehicle.

A separate report by The Korea Times cites a senior executive who said that Apple officials were in South Korea to seek "business partners in Korea for its EV business" and that "without partnerships with Korean vendors, Apple won't be able to complete its EV business plan." The executive said talks are "still in the early stages."

The report continues noting that Apple held "advanced" meetings with subsidiaries of SK Group and LG Electronics. Apple is possibly eyeing partners in South Korea thanks to its alleged plan to use lithium iron phosphate batteries in the ‌Apple Car‌, which South Korean suppliers are currently mass-producing.

While Apple is seeking suppliers outside of the United States, the company is also reportedly committed to ensuring that the battery used in the ‌Apple Car‌ will be produced in the United States. Speculation may lead some to believe that part of Apple's goal in South Korea was an attempt to convince suppliers to build factories in the United States.

Apple has been working on its autonomous vehicle for the past few years, but it's not expected to be official until at least 2025, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Top Rated Comments

bivalvegruff Avatar
7 weeks ago
Apple sent team of employees to North Korea to discuss mass surveillance.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Blackstick Avatar
7 weeks ago

Apple is completely incapable of making the cost-effective car that the world needs. They are capable of producing an overpriced car that doesn't sell and is shelved a few years later at the cost of Billions.
Your opinion reads like the iPhone doubters in 2005. ('https://www.dslreports.com/forum/r12798022-Why-Apple-must-come-out-with-iPhone')
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
7 weeks ago
Digitimes again ?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️
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citysnaps Avatar
7 weeks ago

Apple is completely incapable of making the cost-effective car that the world needs. They are capable of producing an overpriced car that doesn't sell and is shelved a few years later at the cost of Billions.
Yeah...just like Apple's music player and smart phone were overpriced and thus predicted to fail.

Yeppers... Apple, one of the most successful companies on the globe with 150,000 employees worldwide has no idea what they're doing.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
7 weeks ago
Just focus on collaborating with Tesla. All problems will be solved.
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Wildkraut Avatar
7 weeks ago
And 5-8 years later they‘ll add their iCar C1 to a legacy list. W00t? Repair? No way, too old!

During these 5-8 years, we will see stuff like:

* Windshield replacement costs: 10k
* Apple tyre that needs to be activated in FindMyWheels: 1000€£$ per tyre.
* iCar becomes incompatible with iOS25 and doesn’t turn on anymore.
* Firmware update breaks autopilot and drives iCar into the next lake. Apple downplays it with just 0.3% of iCars affected.
* iOS falsely flags your photos as child porn and disables your AppleID making your iCars steering wheel becomes unresponsive while driving.
* Your street becomes incompatible with iCarMaps, you file a bug to feedback@apple.com -> case closed: duplicate.
* Apple reject repairs if your iCar shows evidence of crashes or collisions, simply because it’s too dangerous to repair the iCar due to the battery.
* You’re autopiloting it wrong.
* Tinted side-windows peeling off.
* Battery draining.
* MiFi enforcement of iPedal compatible shoes.
* Multiuser subscription to allow iCar usage by more than one person.
* iCar wrongly drives German user to Sweet Home Alabama instead of Home
* MacRumors posting Deals for iCar Bumpers and Cases
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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