Automobiles

Friday Poll: Would you buy an Apple car?

Speculation is rampant that Apple may enter the car market in one form or another. If the wild rumors come true, would you want an Apple car of your own?

Apple's foray into automobiles may move beyond its CarPlay software, which mirrors an iPhone's apps and functions on a dashboard display. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

It's pretty much impossible for Apple to avoid the headlines whenever it seems to be looking in a new direction. For the blogs and other sites, all that Apple Watch speculation paid off with an actual product, due this April. Now the world is wondering if Apple will dip its tootsies into the automotive market.

There are reports of Apple scooping up employees known for working in the realm of automobiles. The speculation has also been goosed by sightings of a mysterious Apple-related van with a load of gear on top. This had led to all sorts of guesswork, ranging from Apple developing a Street View-style project to Apple working on a self-driving or electric car of its very own.

The explanation for Apple's car-related movements may end up being much less dramatic. One possibility is that Apple is simply working on expanding its CarPlay system.

There's a certain group of people who will happily buy anything Apple puts out. There are people who buy Apple products when they make sense as practical tech purchases. There are people who turn red and spit at the mere mention of Apple's name. But a car is in a different league from an iPhone. It's a huge expense and it's complicated, but there's something intriguing about the idea of turning designer Jony Ive loose on a vehicle with an Apple logo on the grill.

Let's take all this Apple gossip to an extreme and embrace the rumor that Apple is working on an electric car and that the vehicle may or may not involve some sort of self-driving technology. Would you be interested in buying an Apple car? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments where you fall along the excitement scale for such a concept.