Apple's Project Titan has garnered some unwanted attention in last few days. The electric car project has been Apple's big secret with a speculated completion date sometime in 2020. But a couple of recent setbacks could put that date in jeopardy.
First, news broke a couple of days ago that the person in-charge of Project Titan, Steve Zadesky, had left Apple for personal reasons. And now, AppleInsider is reporting Apple has stopped hiring new members to the Project Titan team.
Apple reportedly held a post-holiday progress review which was conducted by design chief Jony Ive. After the review Ive "expressed his displeasure" with the project's headway.
The company is believed to have over 1,000 employees working on Project Titan at this time. During the hiring process over the last year, Apple was aggressive in reeling in engineers from companies like Ford and Tesla Motors.
It is not known at this time if Zadesky leaving Apple had anything to do with the restrictions put on new hirings.
AppleInsider also reported back in September last year that Apple had faced manufacturing issues which had forced them to look at partnering with BMW to build the electric car.
Only time will tell whether these recent setbacks will affect the 2020 completion date.
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