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2021 Apple iCar

2021 Apple iCar

The tech giant’s potential play at upending the auto industry

Back in the late ‘90s, Apple released the iMac G3 – a colorful, simple-to-use desktop computer aimed at getting folks onto the Internet as quickly and easily as possible. The iMac G3 saved Apple from financial ruin, and set the stage for such absurdly successful products as the iPad and iPhone. Now, 20 years later, rumor has it Apple is looking to apply the ‘ole i-gloss to the automotive industry. Nothing official has surfaced as of yet, but there’s a growing body of evidence that suggests Apple is building an all-electric car with advanced autonomous capabilities.

It’s an exciting prospect. A product like that has the potential to be a real game changer, especially coming from a company like Apple. Just like the original i-devices, an Apple iCar could very well set the standard by which all other rivals are judged. Either that, or it could fail miserably. Or maybe it’ll never come to market at all.

Regardless, the story behind the theoretical Apple iCar is fragmented and jumbled, a mishmash of corporate rivalries, secret research facilities, and potentially world-changing technology. But fear not, intrepid reader, because we searched high and low to make sense of it all, grabbing all the rumors, leaks, and high-quality renderings the web could muster before assembling the following speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the future Apple iCar.

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2011 Brabus iBusiness 2.0

2011 Brabus iBusiness 2.0

Brabus is apparently not satisfied with preparing tuning packages with blow your socks off speed and have moved on to the world where briefcases and hand held devices are key to survival. No, we’re not talking about a Brabus-tuned iPad - although that would be fascinating -, but the iBusiness 2.0, a vehicle that is fully equipped with the new iPad 2.

We’ve seen Brabus do something very similar to this before when they introduced the "iBusiness" SV12 R with the first generation iPad, but their latest package has been upgraded to the new and improved tablet computer. The setup for this new model is exactly like the first version as the iPad is offered with a WiFi network and a Mini Mac. The ultra-small, yet powerful Mini Mac serves as the central computer and is hidden away in the S-Class trunk under the rear shelf in an electrically deployed drawer.

The iBusiness 2.0 package can be applied to any model in the S-Class line-up, but prices on the package have yet to be announced.

Hit the jump to read about the Brabus iBusiness 2.0.

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2011 Fenice-Milano La Dolce Vita Gold and Diamonds 500C

2011 Fenice-Milano La Dolce Vita Gold and Diamonds 500C

Okay, just reading the name of this car should make everyone wonder just how much it is going to cost, and don’t worry, we’ll get to that. First let’s introduce the car. The Abarth 500C is typically no more than about $25,000 and features lots of little goodies, like that four cylinder inline engine that delivers a weak 140hp. Now add a tuning package from Fenice-Milano that consists of a little bling bling, and now this expensive ride starts to sparkle.

Just how expensive is this little car? Well, take the base Abarth 500C, add 24k gold inserts and an Apple iPad Supreme Edition made out of 24k gold and diamonds, and now you got yourself a $660,000 vehicle. That’s right, that is what a Chinese customer ordered and paid for this bedazzled 500. Ridiculous? Absolutely. Intriguing? Hell yeah!

Hit the jump to read more about the Fenice-Milano La Dolce Vita Gold and Diamonds 500C.

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2010 Brabus "iBusiness" SV12 R

2010 Brabus "iBusiness" SV12 R

Brabus has gone to the extremes. First they tuned Mercedes’ most powerful sports car: the SLS AMG, and now they have turned to one of the most luxurious models in the line-up: the SL600. The new Brabus "iBusiness" SV12 R model is not only about high performance, but also about innovative multimedia technology.

We won’t talk too much about the engine, as it is one that you should be familiar with by now: an SV12 R Biturbo 750 12-cylinder engine with an output of 750 hp. This provides the luxury sedan with a top speed of 211 mph.

What we will focus on is the car’s technology. Apple seems to have given away the cow as this luxury sedan is completely outfitted with Apple components. The brains of the operation is a 15.2-inch TFT display with 16:9 aspect ratio and internet connection via UMTS and HSDPA. To that, an ultra-small Mac minicomputer is added under the rear shelf. This minicomputer is hidden by an electronic door that looks like the computer itself. Controlling these computers is made easy with the use of twoiPads located in the front passenger seat as well as in the backseat. These iPads not only control the computers, put can also navigate through the entire multimedia center including the radio, navigation system, and telephone. And, of course, there is Alcantara and leather all over the interior.

Check out all of the exact specifications in the press release after the jump.

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