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According to Help we should refrain from asking questions about “Pre-release hardware or asking how/why Apple does <some thing XYZ>and we should avoid “asking an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?””

It’s been rumored for a while now that Apple has some kind of automotive project dubbed “Titan” which goes beyond mere “Car Play” integration with third party products. As usual with non-announced, non-released products, we know nothing for sure, but there is concrete information to base speculation upon. (If nothing else that’s a bit more than could be said about an Apple TV set.)

What kind of question about this general topic would be okay on Ask Different?

Examples:

  • What is Apple doing differently than car manufacturers?
    How would that likely affect an “Apple Car”?
  • What parts of a current car dashboard would not agree with Apple’s human interface guidelines?
  • Which features of Apple hardware have not yet been adapted to mainstream automobiles?
  • If Apple offered a car, would they limit the configuration options to a minimum, like they do with their current computing, entertainment and communication hardware?
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As with any other unreleased and unannounced Apple product, questions about an Apple Car, an Apple Mission to the Moon or an Apple Submarine are as off-topic on Ask Different as are questions about the next MacPro model or the future direction of OSX.

The goal of AD (and any other StackExchange site) is to provide fact-based answers to specific problems. There are other sites which are better suited for discussions and speculations (Slashdot, Reddit to just name two).

To look at your examples:

  • What is Apple doing differently than car manufactures?

    Apple is probably doing a lot of things differently, but which problem is to solve here? Also, how can you differentiate a correct answer from an incorrect one?

  • What parts of a current car dashboard would not agree with Apple’s human interface guidelines?

    Interesting question for sure (and something I could absolutely see as a good exam question in an UX/UI course). But even the part that the guidelines would apply to anything car related built by Apple is already speculation.

  • Which features of Apple hardware have not yet been adapted to mainstream automobiles

    Ignoring for the moment what a feature is in this context: which real-world problem does this solve?

  • If Apple offered a car, would they limit the configuration options to a minimum, like they do with their current computing, entertainment and communication hardware?

    How can anybody outside Apple know? And I like the "If" here :-)

  • I don't agree to your view about these questions, but even if I would: which real-world, day-to-day problem with the use of Apple products would an answer solve? From apple.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic: "Refrain from asking about [...] Pre-release hardware or asking how/why Apple does <some thing XYZ>" and "specific questions about what Apple [did|does|thinks|might do] are not helpful in a Q&A setting since they lack a practical problem to be solved" – nohillside Jan 20 '16 at 9:50
  • So you would consider even “What is currently known about Apple’s ‘Project Titan’?” to be off-topic, because it doesn’t relate to a practical problem? – Crissov Jan 20 '16 at 9:53
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    It's neither a practical problem relating to the use of Apple products nor in fact answerable. A post on macrumors.com can't be considered as hard facts, so whatever people post as an answer may be correct or incorrect without anybody outside Apple being able to verify (and those inside Apple who do know are not allowed to talk about it). – nohillside Jan 20 '16 at 10:00
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    All things aside: I want an Apple Submarine! – stuffe Jan 20 '16 at 14:28

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