Apple has confirmed that it is working on a drone with a price tag of less than $500, saying the device will be “the world’s cheap drone”.
Apple announced the drone in a blog post on Tuesday, revealing the product would launch in 2020 and cost “only $500”.
The drone, which is expected to be smaller than a shoebox, will use Apple’s XPS 10 tablet and Apple Watch Series 3 to fly, which it will use to deliver goods to its retail outlets and Apple’s online stores.
Apple also revealed the drone would have “the same range and capability of Apple’s current offerings”.
While the drone will be a low-cost model, the drone is expected be priced at around $1,000-$2,000.
The drone will also feature a high-definition camera system, the ability to send images back to the drone’s smartphone and the ability for the drone to fly up to 20 metres.
Apple’s drone is a big departure for the company, with its earlier announcements of a drone called Xtreme that was meant to be cheaper than a standard quadcopter, and later, an electric drone called the iRobot iRobotic Roomba.
The iRobotics Roombas drone has already been used by Apple in its stores.
However, this drone is said to be much smaller than the Roombasis drone, and will be powered by batteries and powered by its own solar panels.
Apple has also confirmed the drone won’t have GPS, and that the drone has a battery that can last for three years.
The price of the Apple drone is yet to be announced.