Elon Musk Backtracks on Earlier Comments, Says 'I Don't Hate Apple'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Elon Musk raised eyebrows yesterday when he called Apple the "Tesla Graveyard" in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, but this afternoon he attempted to smooth things over with a series of tweets clarifying his stance on the company.

    "Yo, I don't hate Apple," he said before stating "it's a great company with a lot of talented people." Musk says he loves Apple products and he's "glad they're doing an [electric vehicle]."

    In the interview, Musk called Apple the Tesla Graveyard after being questioned about Apple hiring some of Tesla's "most important engineers." Musk laughed off the idea that important Tesla employees had left the company for Apple and said people Apple hired had already been fired from Tesla. "If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple," he said. "I'm not kidding."

    Musk also made fun of products like the Apple Watch, the iPad Pro, and the Apple Pencil, comments that he explained in a bit more detail today. In a second tweet, Musk said he wasn't a fan of the Apple Watch's functionality, but expects it to be a much more compelling product in the future.

    Apple and Tesla have been at odds in recent months as Apple has entered the car business. The two companies have been poaching employees from one another for several months running, but Musk has maintained that Apple has hired away "very few people" from Tesla despite attempting to lure Tesla employees with salary increases and large signing bonuses.

    Article Link: Elon Musk Backtracks on Earlier Comments, Says 'I Don't Hate Apple'
  2. iLoveiTunes macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Is this the going trend these days ? Make a nasty statement and then backtrack the very next day ?

    Sorkin..Musk... I wonder who is next in Line :D
  3. Andres Cantu, Oct 9, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2015

    Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Typical backtracking from people who are jealous and/or scared of what Apple is capable of and their incredible brand power that has yet to be matched by any other company.

    We see this happen all the time, especially recently.
  4. Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Francisco, CA
  5. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    I'm sorry, but Elon Musk really comes across as a self-centred egoistic person. I'd rather work for Tim or Jony any day.
  6. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Sure, sure, Elon. Now go stand in the corner with Aaron Sorkin.
  7. east85, Oct 9, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2015
  8. JCrz macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    Tim Cook must have ordered a "weather-related shipping delay" on Musk's rose-gold iPhone 6s.
  9. zakarhino macrumors demi-god


    Sep 13, 2014
    Bay Area, CA.
    Funny thing is he's right about the Apple Watch (regardless of context).
  10. eebrown macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2014
    That didn't take long, glad to see he walked it back a little.
  11. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2010
    Who cares! I would much rather hear what he really thinks than some BS that butthurt people told him to say.
  12. neutralguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2015
    Jony isn't?
  13. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    This is little like 'drunk texting' and regretting your actions the following morning.
  14. beebarb macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2015
    Why did he feel clarification was necessary? Anyone with sense knows it was a lighthearted friendly jab.
    Calling it 'backtracking' is misrepresenting what was said.
  15. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
  16. darcyf macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Why would he make those original comments in the first place if he wasn't cheesed at Apple for poaching the people he claims were already canned? Seriously, he'd have no motivation to be snarky otherwise. He wants companies to get in the EV game to raise awareness so it's not that.

    People were poached.
  17. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  18. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    Because some people take criticism on Apple personal for some odd reason.
  19. HoosBruce macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    Meh, who cares. He's right about the Apple Watch anyways.
  20. d0minick, Oct 9, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2015

    d0minick macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    Mehh, i dont know why people get upset. Gates was likes this. Balmer. Jobs. Musk. I am sure Ive and Cook tussle behind the scenes, more conscious of their* ego in the public.

    How else would you like your leaders? The greatest are always cocky. embrace it. Gotta have that killer instinct.
  21. tongxinshe macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2008
    Apple doesn't seem to be anything Tesla needs to worry about, Google is. Any way, Apple is way way way behind Tesla and Google in this racing.
  22. xlost6 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    His face. It's something about his face. It's very punchable. And the fact he acts like a douche further adds to that.

    Good thing he backtracked. It seems to be a trend now.
  23. Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
    Elon Musk is one pompous sounding douche. Sounds like somebody's company is feeling a little threatened by Apple's pending auto...
  24. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Translation: "Oops, I inadvertently alienated a core demographic..."
  25. Benjamin Frost, Oct 9, 2015
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    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
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    Steam has got the power that will move us along!
    There's a light at the end of the tunnel...'


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