Apple board member says Steve Jobs wanted to design an iCar

By , May 18, 2012

Fast Company highlights some interesting comments made by Apple board member, and J. Crew head, Mickey Drexler at the recent Innovation Uncensored conference. Drexler talked about all things Apple, including its late CEO Steve Jobs.

According to him, Jobs’ desire to rethink industries didn’t stop at computers, smartphones and other consumer electronics. Apparently he also wanted to reinvent the automotive industry as well. That’s right, Jobs’ wanted to build an iCar…

“Look at the car industry; it’s a tragedy in America. Who is designing the cars?” Drexler said. “Steve’s dream before he died was to design an iCar.” “And,” Drexler added with a coy smile, “it would’ve been probably 50% of the market. He never did design it.”

While no evidence of an iCar has ever surfaced, you have to wonder what Jobs — the guy behind products like the iPhone and the iPad — had in mind for an Apple-branded automobile. Would it have been a convertible? A sedan? A coupe?

It’d sure be interesting to peek inside his sketchbook.

Drexler also mentioned something about Apple’s plans for this year, saying “You know, Apple has 10 products. The living room they’re dealing with at some point in the near future.” Could he have been referring to the often-rumored Apple TV?

Who knows at this point. As we’ve said before, despite constant rumors and speculation, there really isn’t any evidence that Apple is making a full-sized television. No reports of mass oversized-display panel orders, TV parts, nothing.

Besides, the real story hear is that Steve Jobs, at one point or another, told some folks he’d like Apple to design a car. And even if such a product never materializes, it’s fun to speculate what such a vehicle would’ve looked like.

What do you think?

[9to5Mac]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1533908901 Karan Nagpal

    i would definately buy it if there was one!!!:-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Karam.Al.Hussein Karam Al Hussein

    MOTHER OF APPLE !!!
    I was thinking about it lately

  • http://www.facebook.com/torresfavio Favio Torres

    A Jailbroken car!!

    • jose castro

      maybe you can jailbreak it and make it fly hahahaha

    • KewlDewd

      Yeah, you’d have to jailbreak it. A stock iCar only takes you where Apple thinks you want to go.

      I kid. I kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/saif.fersi.14 Saif Fersi

    Super cool that would been a revolution in car industry

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of tosspieces you’d all look aswell, driving around in your Apple car …. Pathetic.

    • jose castro

      watch they will make it and then you will buy it hahaha..

      • http://twitter.com/Dongiuj DonGiuj

        They won’t make it. Apple don’t make anything.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/335I7GRHPJ7MJSVUYLOC5B2MSM Tom

        *does not

  • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

    If it looks like a Mustang I would buy it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    One sentence: “Shut up and take my money” haha ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omar-Chaves/100001793380349 Omar Chaves

    Definitely this is a bullshit

  • http://twitter.com/Dongiuj DonGiuj

    Certain gadgets of car interior? Maybe.
    An actual car? Come on, pull the other one. Apple doesn’t even know the first thing about cars. If apple built a car, it would DEFINATELY look and perform SHIT!
    I smell BS in this story. Apple come up with electronic gadgets, nothing more and nothing less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

    Apple would buy car parts from GM and then create the iDS (driving system) and create the iCar.

  • Anonymous

    If this ever happens, I bet Samsung will copy and make a Galaxy Car

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559157936 Stan Marcovitch

      samsung allready makes cars

      • sdhn97

        can you send me a link to this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000027514739 Will Fancher

    I think he just wanted to *design one* not manufacture one. Perhaps like his Yacht. He wanted one for himself that he could call his own design.

  • Anonymous

    If he did lets say from scratch, we would see again lot of american jobs moving to china (i mean car maker jobs this time). And how much corporate tax would he transfered to Sweden?