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sells iDevices by the hundreds of millions each year. If Steve Jobs was still around, these products could even include an iCar.

In a

New York Times


talking about a potential Apple iWatch, Nick Bilton touches on Apple's penchant for pushing the boundaries, even taking on the automobile industry. Before Jobs passed away, Apple reportedly wanted to make its own car. Prior to his death in October 2011, Jobs had a meeting with John Markoff of

The New York Times

, telling Markoff that he would've liked Apple to do something with autos.

This isn't the first time we've heard about Apple and autos. Back in August, Apple's Senior Vice President of Marketing, Phil Schiller,


on this subject during the company's patent trial with


. "First, Apple had been known for years for the Mac. Then we had a big hit called the iPod -- it really changed the view inside and outside the company," Schiller said. "People were suggesting every idea: make a camera, make a car -- crazy stuff."

Apple has already made some headway into autos, with Siri coming to



Mercedes Benz

A-Class line


Going a step further, some notable Apple employees have deep rooted passion for cars. Schiller lists cars as one of his passions on his


bio. Eddy Cue, senior vice president of internet software and services, sits on


board. Tim Cook

actually met

with Ferrari's CEO Luca di Montezemolo last year, further fueling the fire.


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working on driverless cars in its quest for domination of every facet of technology. A car either developed solely by Apple, or with the help of, say,

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, could get the attention off Google's driverless car and back on Apple. The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm sorely needs to regain its reputation for cutting-edge innovation, given the

recent downturn in the stock


As far back as I can remember, there's always been speculation that Apple would move into automobiles, perhaps designing its own car. Several years ago, for example, there were rumors that Apple would work with


to build the reported iCar.

Perhaps with the recent success of electric vehicles, Apple would move away from traditional automakers, and maybe work with

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, where there are already grounds for a relationship.

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George Blankenship, Tesla's vice president of worldwide sales and ownership experience (who I

interviewed in June

), is a former Apple guy. In fact, Tesla's retail experience is a direct result of Blankenship's time at Apple.

I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts that Apple has (or had) plans for an iCar somewhere in the drawers in Cupertino. You can also guarantee that Siri would (or will) likely play a major role in it too.

--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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