Apple shares closed higher in the US Thursday, amid news the tech innovator has hired ex-Tesla chief engineer, Doug Field. Prior to his role at Tesla – which he left in May this year – Field was VP of Mac Hardware at Apple and his return is sparking rumours the tech giant ‘s self-driving car project is making progress.
Apple shares ended the US Thursday trading session 0.79% higher at $208.88. However, the stock is a little lower in out-of-hours activity.
Apple’s latest re-hire
The news that Field has re-joined Tim Cook’s tech business, was initially broken by Daring Fireball. John Gruber said that Apple had confirmed to him that Field was once again working for the global tech giant.
However, Apple has declined – so far - to share further details with Gruber, or other news agencies on Field’s role. It’s thought likely that he is working with Bob Mansfield who is the current head of Apple’s Project Titan, self-driving car project.
Little is known about Project Titan, although in 2016 speculation grew that Apple had ditched plans to develop its own self-driving car, in favour of working on the autonomous tech behind it.
The addition of Field to the business, however, suggests that an Apple car could once again be on the cards.
Apple deletes non-gambling apps in gambling purge
Separately, reports state that Apple has mistakenly removed some non-gambling apps in a gambling app crackdown.
The action from the tech innovator follows a successful request from Norway for the business to remove all gambling apps from its Norwegian app store. However, as Apple has worked to remove the offending apps from its store, it appears some innocent business have been incorrectly affected.
A polish magazine app and a gif-sharing site have both been affected, according to a BBC article. Both apps are once again available on the app store and while one app owner considers it to be an honest mistake, it has caused stress and problems for the firms and users affected.