There’s a good reason Apple wanted a traditional carmaker to build its EV: they have the necessary know-how and resources to do it, which would guarantee a smooth process for Apple’s first step in the automotive industry.
At the same time, most carmakers have expressed concerns over a possible partnership with Apple. That's because many are afraid they could end up becoming just a contract manufacturer for a large company like Apple, with their image as stand-alone brands standing to take a hit in the process.
Since the chances of working with a traditional carmaker for the manufacturing of the Apple Car are dropping, the Cupertino-based firm is now turning to plan B: going for a contract manufacturer that would have the capability to build a vehicle according to its specifications and requirements.
And as per a recent report, two names the company is currently considering are Foxconn and Magna. Right now, the former seems to have bigger changes to eventually build the Apple Car because Foxconn is already Apple’s biggest partner for the manufacturing of the iPhone. An Apple employee is quoted as saying the company has what it takes to always work according to all requirements.
In other words, Foxconn can build the Apple Car precisely the way Apple wants it to build, and this is the reason the Cupertino-based tech giant could eventually embrace this plan for its highly anticipated EV.
Everything is still in the planning phase at this point, so take all the information with a healthy pinch of salt for the time being.