Doug Field, the previous VP of Mac who left Apple to change into Tesla’s leader car engineer, has returned to Cupertino. Field is reportedly operating at the corporate’s secretive “Project Titan” self-driving automotive program. The Verge experiences: Field ran Tesla’s car manufacturing and engineering, however CEO Elon Musk took over duty for manufacturing this yr after the corporate failed to fulfill its preliminary first-quarter objective for the Model three. Field then took a depart of absence in May, and due to this fact left the corporate altogether in June. Project Titan has reportedly been scaled again significantly from its preliminary scope, with masses of other folks leaving the department as Apple is alleged to concentrate on in quest of carmaker companions for its self-driving instrument. [Daring Fireball’s John Gruber] speculates that Field’s go back to Titan suggests Apple may just nonetheless be interested in generating cars itself, whilst cautioning that staff do transfer between the 2 corporations continuously.