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Apple Car Boom or Bust?

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G. David Felt
Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com

 

Apple Car Boom or Bust?

 

So the question has to be asked of forum members, is this iCar a boom or bust for Apple and is this what the millennial crowd wants? Being that Apples biggest market is the millennial crowd I am wondering if this brick of a self driving electric auto is what they really want.

 

Steve Jobs originally stated that Apple would work on an iCar and we ended up with this released drawing:

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Motor Trend had an exclusive first look at the iCar and this is what they ended up building:

 

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What are your thoughts? Boom or Bust?

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Well I think it looks terrible but I have a feeling it will do special things and push innovation forward very hard. 

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