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Apple Stories July 30

Elon Musk wanted to be Apple CEO, but Tim Cook dropped an F bomb on that idea [U: Musk denies]

Update: Tesla CEO Elon Musk is denying that this interaction ever took place. He wrote on Twitter today that he and Cook have never spoken or written to each other. “There was a point where I requested to meet with Cook to talk about Apple buying Tesla. There were no conditions of acquisition proposed whatsoever. He refused to meet,” Musk says.

The history between Tesla and Apple, and between Tim Cook and Elon Musk, varies depending on who you talk to. At one point, Musk claimed to have reached out to Cook about selling Tesla to Apple, but Cook refused to even take a meeting. Cook, on the other hand, claims to have never spoken to Musk.

Now, Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins is out with a new book next month called Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century, and it recounts an expletive-ridden conversation between Cook and Musk about Apple acquiring Tesla.

Apple Stories April 1

Apple to buy over $50 million worth of batteries from Tesla for new energy storage project

Apple announced a massive new energy storage project in California, and we learned that Tesla will supply its Megapack battery systems for the project.

Apple Stories March 17

Foxconn may (or may not) produce EVs at its Wisconsin facility

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn recently revealed it is considering its Wisconsin facility to produce its first electric vehicle. The international electronics juggernaut is strategizing for contract manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America. The company’s president recently told the media that Foxconn is debating between its Wisconsin facility or one of its plants in Mexico […]

Apple Stories February 12

Tech companies venturing into electric vehicles: Sony, Apple, and more

Why would companies that manufacture phones, like Sony or Apple, want to get into the electric vehicle business? A better question to ask is, “why wouldn’t they?” While electric vehicles have only just begun to corner a small portion of the automobile market, the upside of prospective growth is tremendous. As vehicles become more reliant […]

Apple Stories May 6, 2015

Elon Musk hopes Apple will enter car market, says Tesla is poaching 5x as many employees as Apple

Speculation regarding Apple’s plans to build an electric car has been at an all-time over recent months. Earlier this year, we broke down the team that Apple has assembled to work on its car, several members of which were poached from Tesla. In Tesla’s Q1 2015 earnings call, however, CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s […]

Apple Stories October 14, 2014

Tesla Model S gets IHS Teardown treatment: “Unlike any car ever made, more like an iPad”

Tesla’s Model S (or a wrecked one) got the IHS Supply teardown treatment and if you are wondering what makes the car tick, it is a worthy watch/read (PDF). Notably Tesla “really wanted to do things differently and employed virtual controls—rather than physical knobs and buttons—to take over the user experience. This approach required a major […]

Apple Stories February 23, 2015

Samsung just bought a rumored Apple Car partner’s battery unit

Samsung has acquired the battery pack business of leading automotive parts supplier Magna International. The move, according to a statement from the companies, will “enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles.” While Samsung producing batteries and energy storage solutions for vehicles isn’t exactly new—it already supplies batteries for Tesla and others—there is an Apple […]

Apple Stories January 10, 2014

TSLA share price drops on news it is sending out replacement car chargers that will protect shoddy wiring

I kid you not. Bloomberg: The charger connectors, which tether Tesla-issued cables to wall outlets, will be mailed out in the next two weeks, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in an interview today. “These are very rare events, but occasionally the wiring isn’t done right,” Musk said. “We want people to have absolute comfort, so we’re […]

Apple Stories October 8, 2013

CNNMoney reviews the Chevy Spark EV

Not much not to like here.  How does $27,500 go for a $199/month lease? Add in the $7500 tax credit.  I’ll be interested to see how low that 82 mile range gets in the winter – oh you can only get on in California and Oregon which have mild winters so we’ll have to wait […]

Apple Stories December 28, 2013

Tesla taps another Apple manufacturing veteran to lead vehicle manufacturing technologies

Tesla seems to be joining many other Silicon Valley companies in hiring employees away from Apple. Only weeks after poaching Apple Mac Hardware Vice President Doug Field to run Vehicle Design, we have discovered that Tesla has made another notable hire from the Cupertino tech giant: Rich Heley. He was hired away from Apple in […]

Apple Stories September 11, 2015

China’s auto giant BAIC opens its R&D center in Silicon Valley to develop electric vehicles

The Chinese auto giant Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co, through its Beijing Electric Vehicle Co subsidiary, opened a research and development center in Silicon Valley. The center will be dedicated to electric vehicle research. In its current “launch phase”, the R&D center has just over 20 employees and the company expects them to develop “4 to […]

Apple Stories July 24, 2015

Report: Apple in negotiations to use BMW i3 as basis for its own electric car

Apple and BMW have engaged in negotiations over Apple’s interest in using BMW’s i3 electric cars as a basis for its own electric car project, according to a new report from German publication…

Apple Stories September 18, 2015

Documents and DMV discussions indicate that Apple Car is close to leaving lab, Project Titan gets a manager

The Guardian is reporting that Apple legal representatives met with California’s department of motor vehicles to discuss regulations about self-driving cars. On record, the DMV told The Guardian that “the Apple meeting was to review DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations”. This news follows reports that Apple is searching for a private road-testing site for its ‘Apple Car’ electric vehicle project. More interestingly, The Guardian claims to have obtained […]

Apple Stories September 21, 2015

Pedal to the metal: Apple reportedly accelerates electric car project timeline to 2019, triples development team size

Apple has reportedly hit the gas on its plans to launch an electric car codenamed Project Titan and added another 1,200 employees to the development team, according to the Wall Street Journal. The team working on the electric vehicle has now tripled in size. The reason behind the push? Apple wants to finalize the project in 2019, a […]

Apple Stories October 8, 2015

Elon Musk calls Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard,’ warns of the complexities of car manufacturing

Apple’s so-called “poaching war” with Tesla has been a hot topic for the company’s CEO Elon Musk and in a recent interview, Musk fired even more shots at Apple. Speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Musk voiced his lack of concern regarding Apple’s tendency to hire Tesla engineers and executives. Musk recently finished a trip around Europe, speaking with politicians […]

Apple Stories October 28, 2015

Patent troll goes after Apple, automakers and the developer of ‘Remote S’ for the Tesla Model S over the use of watch apps to control cars

A patent troll is currently suing Apple, Samsung and half the automotive industry – as well as other companies – over the use of a vague, decade old patent that covers operating certain functions of a vehicle, like starting the engine and locking/unlocking doors, through a “watch” – now known as a “smartwatch”. Intellectual Capital Consulting (LCC), […]

Apple Stories October 19, 2015

Apple poaching electric vehicle engineers contributed to Mission Motorcycles’ bankruptcy says CEO

San Francisco-based Mission Motorcycles, a maker of high-end electric motorcycles, recently filed for bankruptcy amid financial troubles. In the filing, current CEO Mark Seeger said the company is so low on cash that it can’t afford to pay for an attorney for the bankruptcy process, but while recently talking with Reuters, former CEO Derek Kaufman dismissed the company’s lack of […]

Apple Stories October 20, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Automobile Industry ripe for disruption, software/autonomous driving key

 Yesterday Apple CEO Tim Cook was at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference for an interview and he talked about the company’s take on innovation in the car industry: “When I look at the automobile, what I see is that software becomes an increasingly important part of the car of the future. You see that autonomous driving becomes much […]

Apple Stories October 21, 2015

Ferrari chairman believes Apple will build a car, calls Elon Musk ‘great marketer’ after Tesla dig

Speaking today on CNBC, Ferrari chairman and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke affirmatively when asked if he believes Apple will make a car. The Ferrari boss explained that he believes the automobile space is one in which Apple can exhibit its skills, clarifying that he believes Apple will have a car assembled rather than building it […]

Apple Stories January 22, 2016

Apple’s electric car initiative hits a speed bump as project leader leaves the company

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the Apple veteran employee who has been overseeing the company’s “Project Titan” electric car initiative is leaving the company. The report, citing “people familiar with the matter,” says Steve Zadesky, who has been with Apple for 16 years, is leaving the company for “personal reasons.”

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