Apple Car Speculation Returns After It Hires Tesla’s Model 3 Executive

Following a five-year stint at Tesla, former Apple exec returns to the computer giant.

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Another hint that Apple might deliver on its long-rumored plan to develop its own car arrived this week in the form of Doug Field, Apple’s former VP of Mac hardare engineering. After a five-stint at Tesla, where he oversaw production of the company’s Model 3, Field has now rejoined Apple, TechCrunch reported. Apple has confirmed that they rehired Field, but would not give any other information about his role.

Tech reporter John Gruber, who broke the news of Field’s return to Apple, says that Field will link up with Bob Mansfield, his former colleague in the company’s Mac hardware business. Notably, Mansfield is also heading up Apple’s “Project Titan” project.

It was first reported in 2016 that Apple had abandoned its plans to develop its own car. And while there isn’t much known about “Project Titan,”  hiring the man who oversaw production of Tesla’s biggest auto model to date, as well as a Waymo self-driving engineer, definitely suggest Apple may be rethinking its future plans, writes TechCrunch. 

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