Rumors of Apple’s car initiative began back in early 2015 when a report claimed that Apple had been speculating the effort for quite some time. Steve Jobs himself admitted to considering building a car in 2008, but put the plans on hold to focus on development of the iPhone. Over the course of a few months, however, it’s been more clear that Apple is indeed working on a car of some sorts.
In the wake of reports that Apple has shifted its focus towards developing self-driving automotive software, Apple the technical director of Porsche’s race car program earlier this year, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports car company’s victorious return to the Le Mans endurance race. Alexander Hitzinger is the latest auto specialist to be recruited by Apple as it explores building its own car.