Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms Apple talks; battery ‘gigafactory’ discussions more likely than buyout

Seth Weintraub reports for 9to5Mac, “In a Bloomberg interview , Tesla CEO Elon Musk said of a possible acquisition by anyone:”

Bloomberg: Elon, yesterday your shareholders got a little bit richer on these reports that you had met with the acquisition team at Apple. Is there any truth to a possible partnership, merger with Apple?
Musk: Well of course it’s – if – if – if one or more companies had approached us last year about such things, there’s no way we could really comment on that.

Bloomberg: Well did you have a conversation with Apple?
Musk: We had conversations with Apple. I can’t comment on whether those revolved around any kind of acquisition.

Bloomberg: If anything, Elon, if Apple were to come to you and say, you know what? We want to get in the car business. We actually want to perhaps start making cars. What would you tell them, given your own experience?
Musk: What would I tell Apple if they said they wanted to make cars?

Bloomberg: Yeah.
Musk: I’d probably tell them that I think it’s a great idea.

Weintraub writes, “So Tesla wasn’t talking acquisition (which was pretty obvious if you follow the two companies) but he could have been shopping around the Lithium battery Gigafactory…”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. Makes sense, batteries is an area of mutual interest and one where collaboration of any kind wouldn’t impinge on either’s business as they’re in different product areas (as opposed to say Apple setting up a battery factory with Samsung), and also wouldn’t rule out anything else in the future.

  2. So Musk said he couldn’t comment on whether the conversations with Apple revolved around an acquisition and he said he thought Apple getting into the car business was a great idea and Mr. Weintraub interprets that to confirm that Apple is definitely not talking to Tesla about acquiring them. How does that logic work?

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      Without question, Apple will continue to make solid profits worldwide in coming years, much like MSFT, but it will NEVER AGAIN be an unbridled growth stock. NEVER, for that ship has sailed since Steve’s death.

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      2. What renders your credibility useless is the use of the word ” NEVER” typed in caps several times!
        That js a clear indication of you either having a crystal ball… Or a chip on your shoulder .
        I go for the latter !

      3. Two more pieces of advice for you
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  3. In my opinion, the talks are about acquiring Tesla in order to acquire not only a super innovative car company and battery tech but most importantly, to acquire Elon Musk as Apple CEO.

    You heard it here first.

      1. Tesla has a current market cap of $26 billion, and shareholders would expect a premium for their shares. Not even Musk is worth that. This speculation belongs in the category of the “Apple should buy Adobe … Sony … Disney … GM” nonsense.

        Apple should (and I expect will) stick with what they’re good at. Unless what they’re after is the “Big Ass Tablet” Tesla uses as the car’s control center.

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