Tim Cook dinner confirmed what we have been already fairly positive we knew: He by no means met with Elon Musk about Apple buying Tesla.
In a wide-ranging New York Times interview with Kara Swisher, the Apple CEO briefly spoke about his firm’s pursuit of a foothold within the rising self-driving automotive house. Cook dinner exhibited typical company shyness concerning Apple’s car tasks, however he did make it clear that he has, in actual fact, by no means communicated straight with Musk.
“, I’ve by no means spoken to Elon, though I’ve nice admiration and respect for the corporate he’s constructed,” Cook dinner instructed the Occasions. “I feel Tesla has finished an unbelievable job of not solely establishing the lead, however retaining the lead for such an extended time frame within the EV house. So I’ve nice appreciation for them.”
In December, Musk tweeted that he had thought-about promoting Tesla to Apple for pennies on the greenback when his firm was struggling. He stated Cook dinner “refused” to fulfill, and whereas Cook dinner did not precisely put it that method, the tip end result is identical: The 2 by no means obtained collectively to speak about any potential sale.
Through the darkest days of the Mannequin 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook dinner to debate the potential for Apple buying Tesla (for 1/10 of our present worth). He refused to take the assembly.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
As for the oft-rumored Apple Automotive, Cook dinner did not give us a lot to work with. He declined to deal with whether or not Apple would produce a automotive itself or develop know-how for present automobiles, although recent rumors level to a partnership with Hyundai. Probably the most substantial factor Cook dinner stated on the matter is that Apple works on loads of issues that by no means come out, even when that is not the case for Apple’s automotive mission.
“We examine so many issues internally. Lots of them by no means see the sunshine of day,” Cook dinner stated. “I’m not saying that one won’t.”