Disclaimer: This article is an ironic and whimsical look at the history of the Apple iCar – if it existed.
Recently, we published an article about Apple’s “Project Titan”, which is said to be the tech giant’s foray into the auto industry, as well as a hypothetical illustration of the iCar itself. It got us thinking: What would the history of the iCar look like if its evolution followed other popular Apple products, mainly the iPhone, but also its Mac line? Curiously intrigued? Hold on to your beers and let’s watch with a crystal ball what could have been …
First generation: the genesis of the iCar
Let your mind travel into the future and into mid-June 2024. Welcome to WWDC, Apple’s global developer conference. The latest versions of iOS and MacOS as well as a few new hardware products have debuted with great fanfare, but Tim Cook isn’t done yet. The Apple strongman used his opening speech to officially confirm, after years and years and years of rumors, the company’s decision to enter the automotive world, although he refrained from sharing or showing anything else.
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Fast forward to September of the same year at a special event where Apple stunned the world with the iPhone 16SX, Tim Cook literally used a fan to blow up the covers for a revolutionary approach to transportation. And his name ? Following a familiar naming strategy, Apple’s electric vehicle will be called the iCar.
On sale April 1, 2025 at a low price of $ 84,993 for the single-engine version and $ 102,347 for the dual-engine variant, the compact hatch iCar has amazed everyone with its clean, simple look and futuristic interior. . It was quick ? Certainly not; Its unique anemic 120 horsepower electric motor and dual 200 horsepower setup can’t peel the skin off a pot of Kombucha, and the touchscreen interface has constantly seen Apple’s infamous spinning wheel of death. The interior also featured a 3.5-inch head-up display, which, as owners later discovered, was just a cradle to mirror your iPhone to the windshield.
Generation 2: Problematic popularity
Released concurrently with the iPhone 17 in 2026, the second-generation iCar S showed Apple isn’t just going to lay down, bite the pillow, and let others dominate the luxury scene. Looking exactly the same as before, but armed with high definition panoramic cameras and a 512MB iOS operating system, the iCar S has undergone a much needed high-tech transformation. Helped by its silver and black appearance set, punters went crazy and bought 1.7 million in its first weekend of sales. Crazy!
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Unfortunately, this success has come at a price. Reports poured in that Bluetooth calls were going to drop – a flaw uncovered due to a dishonest production line worker (ex Nokia) installing the antenna on the steering wheel in what was called the “socket.” death ”. Other issues included failed rear cameras, touchscreens that turned urine yellow, and side windows that would shatter if occupants yodeled or listened to Friday by Rebecca Black.
Third generation: the same sausage, different lengths and a new, cheaper iCar SE
It’s 2027, Tim Cook has legally changed his name to Tim Apple, and the new back-to-basics iMobi phone for emerging markets has been a big hit with 10 million sales in its first weekend. Excited by their success, Apple decides it’s time to expand the lineup with an affordable iCar SE that puts a more mundane body above the regular model while removing unnecessary amenities like touch-sensitive door handles and all trimmings. under the waste line from the inside by replacing it with either exposed metal panels or plastic covers.
The standard iCar 3 has also grown – it is now a competitor to the BMW iX5 sBattery ePower xDrive SEV (Sports Electric Vehicle) offered in short and long wheelbase formats (the latter is called the iCar Thicboi Plus ). Indoor interfaces now feature 4K Retina displays and an optical stabilization system improves handling.
The most significant change, however, was the transition from just one to three huge electric motors, two at the front and one at the rear. Now beating Nissan’s Arya in terms of performance, the iCar received a 250 kWh lithium-ion battery. Frustratingly, owners complained about poor battery life and their vehicles suddenly stopped when range was below 30 percent of state-of-charge. This often happened in cold climates or when U2’s Songs Of Innocence continued to play on a loop. Other problems related to vehicle recharging have also been reported; Apple’s native charging port being incompatible with all other charging stations, the factory-supplied on-board charger often unraveled, electrifying many owners.
Fourth generation: wireless charging and the different colors are (finally) here
After Fraygate, Apple saw its mistake and finally introduced wireless battery charging with its 4th generation iCar redesign, along with LiDAR-based autopilot and a much more premium look. For the first time, you could choose from a variety of colors. Siri external voice recognition for vehicle entry has become standard, as has on-board 7G.
Critics, however, were not impressed. They criticized Apple for the price of accessories such as the larger 19-inch alloy rims costing $ 4,000 a piece and the necessary but optional charging mat priced at $ 10,199, as well as non-Apple phones stuck for storage. connect to the on-board infotainment system. Worse yet, the instrument cluster periodically gave drivers epileptic seizures with flashing glimpses of Tim Apple’s glasses and toothy smile. On the bright side, buyers could finally order the iCar in different shades and with a triple camera system developed in collaboration with Philips.
So, was this alternate story worthy of reality, or had the thought gone too far? Please feel free to participate in the light discussion in the comments below.
Note: Images seen here are independent illustrations by CarScoops Artist Josh Byrnes, which are not endorsed or endorsed by Apple.