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Apple recently hired Steve McManus, the former head of Tesla, who was responsible for designing automotive interiors and exteriors, Bloomberg reports.
McManus joined Tesla in 2015, and also worked at Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors and Aston Martin. According to his LinkedIn profile, MacManus is now Apple’s “senior director” with no additional information.
While his interior design skills are applicable to Apple’s automotive team, Bloomberg believes that he could also work on other projects at Apple besides car design. It is widely believed that Apple is working on a self-driving electric vehicle project, although, given the many rumors about this over the years, it is still unclear what Apple’s ultimate goal is.
For some time, rumors suggested that Apple postponed plans for a physical car and instead focused on software, but last year there were hints that Apple plans to develop its own car, which, according to analyst Apple, Ming-Chi Kuo can run from 2023 to 2025.
Apple and Tesla regularly hire employees from each other, and for many years now they have been drawn into wars. Last year, Apple hired Tesla's former vice-president for drive systems, Michael Schwecucha, and Tesla's former chief automobile engineer, Doug Field.