For tech gear lovers waiting to rip the roads in Apple's eagerly-awaited car, there's good news and bad news. The good is an Apple car is becoming an increasingly likely reality.
The bad news? That reality may be years away, one analyst said this week, perhaps longer than most expect.
When the tech giant's plans to hit the highways were first floated, reports suggested a prototype could appear around 2020. As experts like BMW have pointed out, the process from concept to physical reality can take at least five years. However, for a company with no experience in auto manufacturing, that timetable could be too optimistic.
"We believe the auto industry represents a significant opportunity for Apple, but we also expect Apple to be deliberate as always in its product development and testing," said Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, in a note this week.