Apple – the Cupertino-based iPhone maker – has been granted a permit to test its self-driving vehicles on the streets of California, according to a new report. The tech company has been rumored to be working on self-driving related projects for a long time now but the iPhone making giant has never confirmed those speculations publicly or given any details about its autonomous driving project.
Apple can now test its autonomous cars in California
On Friday, the Department of Motor Vehicles of California made this news public. The Silicon Valley giant has been given permission to test three cars manufactured by Lexus, said the agency. The tech giant was not immediately available for comment but BBC notes that the iPhone maker did indicate to its letter (of 2016) that expressed an interest in the automated-driving technology.
The iPhone maker said at that time that it was “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.” The project, which is internally known as Project Titan, was speculated to have more than 1,000 employees working under it at one point. However, we are not certain about what the tech giant is doing for the project now.
According to past rumors, the car ambitions of the iPhone making company included building its own vehicle, focusing on in-car software, etc. People who live around the Silicon Valley would probably not be surprised to see an autonomous car driving on the streets of California because it is a daily occurrence – The Silicon Valley giant is the 30th company to be given the self-driving car testing permit.
Already, the rivals of the tech giant are testing the autonomous vehicles. Waymo – a self-driving programme of Google parent Alphabet Inc. – did around 635,868 miles in California last year. According to statistics, the driver had to control the car at least once on every 5,000 miles of driving.
Apple will probably not update your device to iOS 11 if you have this iPhone
In case you still have an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 5C, you will most probably not get the latest version of iOS – iOS 11. This is because the iPhone maker wants all its customers to update to a 64-bit architecture. The 64-bit support will most likely coincide with the release of iOS 11.
In September 2013, the tech giant released its first 64-bit iOS device with the launch of the iPhone 5S. The Silicon Valley giant required all its developers who submit apps to the App Store to include the 64-bit support from February 2015. The iOS began warning users from October last year that support for 32-bit apps would be coming to an end. According to recent reports, the applications, which are not updated to include 64-bit support, will not be supported in the next versions of the iOS.