Apple registers website domains related to cars

Domain 'apple.car' among new list of websites belonging to Cupertino
Apple has not commented on rumours that it is developing its own car (Getty Images)
Apple has not commented on rumours that it is developing its own car (Getty Images)

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Fuelling speculation that it might be working on a car project, Apple over the weekend registered a number of website domain names related to cars.

Included in the list of websites that the company registered was the name apple.car, as well as apple.cars. The list, being reported widely by online media, was gleaned from the Who.is domain information website.

Apple has not commented on rumours that it is developing its own car, however the company has made significant hires from the automobile industry, signing up executives from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Tesla.

On top of this, Apple's now-COO earlier this year noted at the Code Conference in California that he viewed the car as "the ultimate mobile device". This was the same conference at which Apple CEO Tim Cook, two years earlier, mentioned that he thought "the wrist is interesting" for technology.

However, others have pointed out that Apple's plays in hiring car industry veterans could simply be related to its efforts in CarPlay, an operating system designed to interface a car's infotainment system with the iPhone. Likewise, Cupertino's new domain registrations could simply be related to CarPlay, rather than a full-on car project.

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