“Apple has placed a hiring freeze on the team responsible for the company’s nascent automotive ambitions after executives became unhappy with the project’s direction and progress,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“The change was precipitated by a post-holiday progress review conducted by Apple design chief Jony Ive, according to a previously reliable source with knowledge of the team’s activities. Ive is said to have “expressed his displeasure” with the group’s headway,” Oliver reports. “In all, Apple is believed to have more than 1,000 people working on Project Titan at sites both inside and outside of Cupertino.”

“The news comes days after a report that Steve Zadesky, a longtime Apple engineering lead who was initially put in charge of Project Titan, would leave the company,” Oliver reports. “It’s not immediately clear whether Zadesky’s departure — said to be for ‘personal reasons'” — is related to the staffing restrictions.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Is this just a pothole, a proverbial bump in the road, or a roadblock?

Or could it just be that Jony is issuing a wake up call to the Project Titan troops?

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