Tesla CEO Confirms 'Conversations' With Apple, Says Any Acquisition 'Very Unlikely'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following a report earlier this week suggesting Apple had considered purchasing Tesla, Tesla CEO Elon Musk today confirmed in an interview with Bloomberg Television that his company "had conversations" with Apple. Musk went on to say that he could not comment on whether the conversations had revolved around any kind of acquisition, but he did confirm that at the current time, an acquisition of Tesla seems "very unlikely."
    News of Apple's meeting with Tesla first came to light over the weekend, when the San Francisco Chronicle reported Musk had met with Adrian Perica, Apple's head of acquisitions, and possibly Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the site speculated the meeting pertained to a possible acquisition, other sources have since suggested Apple may have been meeting with Tesla over iOS device integration in the company's electric cars or about a potential battery deal between the two.

    As noted by The Los Angeles Times, Musk last month announced plans for a massive lithium-ion battery plant, which will be constructed in partnership with "some other companies." Tesla is expected to make an announcement about the plant later this month, and it's possible Apple, which uses lithium-ion batteries for many of its portable devices, could be involved in that venture.

    When asked whether Tesla was for sale, Musk told the interviewer that an acquisition was unlikely because the company needs to stay "super focused" on its goal of creating an affordable electric car, though he did not rule out the possibility of an acquisition entirely.
    Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said the company is open to making large acquisitions if it makes sense, but he has also said that Apple will focus on the very few products that "deserve all our energy." Apple currently holds nearly $160 billion in cash while Tesla has a market cap of approximately $24 billion.

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  2. macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    I'd say more like excellent battery tech.
    Here's hoping it happens, and has iCar as well.

    Can't wait to get my Model S soon!
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010

    Wow, news have got themselves all coiled up here. :D

    I kid, I kid. What would Apple do with Tesla, though? Make an electric iCar? :rolleyes:
  4. macrumors 68040

    Sep 4, 2009
    Odds are these Apple / Tesla talks are about getting "iOS in the Car" designed into the next model years of Teslas. The Tesla X may be the first to ship with iOS in the Car.

    They are local to Apple and don't have the decades of Not Invented Here that way too many automotive manufactures have towards their center electronic stacks.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2013
    Jony's house
    Maybe Apple and Tesla will work together to make a "smart" car.
  6. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  7. macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    Do it, Apple! Tesla's philosophy and design are already so Apple-eque. iCar would be a gem, followed by iPlane... the all-electric plane that finally makes travel more affordable by bypassing the oil industry.
  8. macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2011
    Edinburgh, UK
    Likely they were sniffing about due to the Metal- Air battery tech that's in the works and any parents they may have on it..
  9. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    What would Apple gain by buying Tesla ? I'm guessing not much.
  10. macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
  11. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Technology and patents, but they can get that a lot more cheaply through a licensing arrangement.
  12. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    Something's up it seems like. Don't think we'll see an iCar but it looks like they might collaborate in some form.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
    I'd personally prefer to see Tesla make it on their own. They've done so much, and they have the potential to be another Apple-like company on their own.

    So many innovative companies are being consumed by the current giants. That's not a bad thing, per say, but I'd just like to see some companies stick it out on their own.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
  16. macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2010
    Their conversation is all about iOS in the car. Any idiots asking about acquisition are "journalists" who don't follow Apple or understand anything.
  17. macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2006
  18. macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2012
    The merger and acquisition guy isn't going to call tesla up about IOS in the car. Has to be battery related.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Apple really needs to try and build out their own network to make sure their long term strategy isn't nullified by Google's network.
  20. macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2006
    But it all starts with analysts / speculators slipping something under the internet door.

    And given Apple's rise to fame now means that every national and local tv station, radio station and newspaper runs with it. Sigh.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    Now that is an epic oxymoron!
  22. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2013
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2013
    Journalists seem to assume that Apple wanted something from Tesla, but what if it's Tesla that wants to buy something from Apple?

    Tesla uses ARM processors in its cars. I think that right now they use nVidia Tegra 2 and 3. Maybe they are thinking about using Apple A7 or A8 for future cars since Apple seems to be very good at designing CPUs for low power but high performance products.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Apple is launching a satellite network for the new and improved Apple TV. Elon's company will get those satellites in space. I mean, when you think about it that idea is just as valid as an iCar. Actually more valid.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Sapphire for windscreens (chipproof) and other glass surfaces. Potentially the steering wheel and radio controls, too. Basically if a fingerprint can get on it via regular use -> there's sapphire.

    Combined with the rumored curved glass for iWatch, the sapph might actually make an interesting body in strength and weight.

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