In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, when asked about the fact that Apple keeps hiring Tesla engineers, Elon Musk didn’t bother to spare anyone’s feelings:
“They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’
If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding,” Elon Musk said.
On the concept of Apple building a car at all, he agreed it is “the next logical thing,” for the iPhone giant. But he doesn’t seem to take their plans too seriously as a threat to Tesla.
“Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? (laughs) No, seriously: It’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches,”
Musk added to his statement with a brat laugh.
Rumors that Apple is building an iCar have been around forever, but they intensified this year. In May, a report from The Wall Street Journal claimed Apple is working on a car battery, and another WSJ report in September claimed there’s even a launch date for Apple’s car: 2019.
It was also in the reports that several analysts recommended Apple to buy Tesla, but such remarks by Elon Musk overpower such thoughts and leave a mark that it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Later, Elon Musk took over on Twitter in the series of tweets clarifying his opinions for the Apple:
“Yo, I don’t hate Apple. It’s a great company with a lot of talented people. I love their products and I’m glad they’re doing an EV (electric vehicle).”
“Regarding the watch, Jony & his team created a beautiful design, but the functionality isn’t compelling yet. By version 3, it will be.”
We, all know, Apple is no less nor Tim Cook in any way, but you know, Elon Musk is a tech-giant when it comes to the innovations and empowerment.
More the competition, more is the discovery. In the end, more power to the world, guys.