There's no lack of connections between two of the most darling Silicon Valley companies, Apple and Tesla Motors. Most recently, the electric car manufacturer hired away Apple's "Hacker Princess," Kristin Paget, but it's possible to look back as far as 2010 to see when Tesla hired the man who worked on the Apple Store experience, George Blankenship, to get the Tesla Stores in order (he left in late 2013). More recently, there's been outside calls for the two to link arms, namely from banking analyst Adnaan Ahmad who said Apple should just up and buy Tesla (some have also predicted that General Motors could do just that in 2014) in late 2013. But nothing in this list ties the two companies together as strongly as a new report in the San Francisco Chronicle: Apple's chief of mergers and acquisitions, Adrian Perica, secretly met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring.

Neither company is talking publicly, and the Chronicle's source is choosing to remain anonymous, but it appears that Tesla and Apple may have been at least a little bit interested in working together well ahead of Ahmad's call. He wrote that buying Tesla would bring another Steve Jobs-like figure (Musk) to the computer giant as well as give the maker of iPhones and iPads another market to explore (remember the iCar idea?). The Chronicle does admit that there's no upside for Tesla that's quite as obvious, and one analyst said a partnership would make more sense than a buy out.

There could be other scenarios on the table, as well. Perhaps it was to discuss a joint giga-battery plant? Or maybe Musk's visit to Cupertino was just a courtesy call, in case Tesla ever needs access to Apple's famously deep pockets. We don't know, but the news does give us a slew of interesting possibilities to ponder. There's a lot more over in the Chronicle, including how Apple may be branching out into new medical devices.


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      DawgByte
      • 1 Day Ago
      Adnaan Ahmad thinks Apple should buy Tesla, huh? Perhaps Mr. Ahmad can tell us how extending Apple's brand to automobiles improves their market position both from a sales and technology perspective. What will Apple do with Tesla when the automobile industry, EPA and consumers realize mass transportation leveraging electrical power adds more to environmental pollution than alternatives such as hydrogen? Is Tesla positioned to rapidly switch to greener solutions in the future? Adnaan Ahmad the Forrest Gump of financial advisors!
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DawgByte
        @ DawgByte "Is Tesla positioned to rapidly switch to greener solutions in the future? " I shouldn't think so since the EV powertrain is the most environmentally friendly of all foreseeable method of storing and using energy for passenger auto-mobiles. That statement hold true, even when the electricity is sourced from Coal or oil fired generators. HFCV's may prove move commercially viable, for non-environmental reasons (although that's doubtful), but EV will continue to improve and remain the most environmentally beneficial passenger transport. There are no 'greener' solutions than EV's in the future. ( I agree with you that Mr Ahmad is not an analyst I would choose for advice.)
        Commentotron
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DawgByte
        Yes. Because using electricity to crack water into hydrogen only to burn it or make electricity in a fuel cell is far more efficient and cost effective than plain old lipo battery tech. Which is why we see super sexy fuel cell vehicles and electronics people use every day or lust after. Because obviously hydrogen is ready and awesome right now.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Commentotron
          @ Commentotron There will be lots of different energy solutions in the future, for different applications. HFCV technology has the potential to be available for a much wider range of vehicles than current EV ESD's will allow. The idea is to persuade the world to abandon its dependence on oil-diesel, and be open minded enough to consider alternate technologies. Starting a schism among alternate technologies, is just counter-productive.
        Grendal
        • 1 Day Ago
        @DawgByte
        And where do you get your opinion that electrical power has magically becomes more polluting than other forms of energy? Please cite your sources. Since Tesla is only using a skateboard design then it's certainly possible that they can switch to some other ESD if it becomes necessary. As for fracking pollution you have this article from today: http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2014/02/18/texas-officials-blind-eye-fracking-emissions/ I will let my more informed commenters respond as to how valid the point being made is.
      Rotation
      • 1 Day Ago
      That's only Time Warner cable. This would be the media company (CNN, etc.) he is talking about.
      Mr. Lion
      • 10 Months Ago
      Musk a "Steve Jobs-like figure"? Yeah, right. He's not fit to shine the shoes of Michael Dell, much less be referred to as Jobsean.
        Commentotron
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Mr. Lion
        Yes, Jobs is beneath him. There's a difference between EVs, rockets and Paypal and selling a new phone every year to lemmings who need a new rectangle to display their rectangles on.
        m_2012
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Mr. Lion
        Obvious trolling.
        Grendal
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Mr. Lion
        He done more than most people to create new industries and improve on old outdated industries.
        danfred311
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Mr. Lion
        no denying what Steve ******** did but he made stylish fascist lemmingware. He would be content with global slavery if it made him money. Elon is more culturally progressive and idealistic.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Mr. Lion
        @ Mr. Lion Why do you think that it's necessary to denigrate one genius, to celebrate another ? Just celebrate the good fortune that America has allowed, and encouraged two such men's idea's to flourish.
      knightrider_6
      • 10 Months Ago
      That's what the world needs - a Model S assembled in China that costs twice as much the current model.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Day Ago
        @knightrider_6
        If the choice is keep building in the USA but be forced to use Detroit Mafia labor, I'd rather see Tesla move production to China so as to avoid going bankrupt.
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Day Ago
          @churchmotor
          Off course, shipping jobs to China is a conservative wet dream.
        Steve
        • 1 Day Ago
        @knightrider_6
        don't be silly, and for the record Apple is moving all the Mac production back to US (Mac Pro being the first model to be built in USA)
          DyanRucar
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Steve
          Yep, they're currently underway with building a factory in Chandler, AZ. Property is dirt cheap out there. :)
          yonomo200
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Steve
          Some. Where did you see or hear "all?"
      m_2012
      • 10 Months Ago
      They will work together, but don't expect a merger or buy. This was likely just a golf outing to discuss rich people stuff.
      Rick C.
      • 10 Months Ago
      A merger is just a rumor. It was really about system integration into the cars nav-info system. Remember, Ferrari asked them to do it last year on their models. In this case, apple approached Tesla with the offer instead.
        Naturenut99
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Rick C.
        That's along the lines I was thinking. I was thinking maybe the touchscreens or iOS.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 10 Months Ago
      A bit mixed on the potential of this merger. It'd be nice for Tesla to have the additional resources and financial buffer of a company like Apple, but like others have pointed out, it could result in Tesla becoming more of what Apple wants and less of what Musk's initial vision entailed.
      archos
      • 10 Months Ago
      This is annoying. Tesla does not need Apple. The only reason this idea was ever even brought up is because everyone sees Apple has lost their edge. Buying a car company for window dressing?? Thats like getting married for the wedding cake.
      dUN
      • 10 Months Ago
      iOS intergration, yes.
      PoMoMangler
      • 10 Months Ago
      "There's been outside calls..." Seriously? Is your copy editor on vacation?
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      Yeah, but at least the two companies are related to each other in some way.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Tesla and Apple fanboys are already insufferable pricks. If they combine, the douchebaggery will be off the scale.
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Day Ago
        @carguy1701
        That's a more apt description for losers who: click on articles about products they will never own, don't have anything to add to the conversation, aren't smart enough to find flaws in the products so they comment on other commenters, and will probably keep coming back over and over to cheerlead a dead status quo on a low information blog . :-P
        Tiberius1701
        • 1 Day Ago
        @carguy1701
        Winner!!!
        yonomo200
        • 1 Day Ago
        @carguy1701
        Gee thanks buddy. I love you too.
        RyanC
        • 1 Day Ago
        @carguy1701
        We may be a bit high on our horses at times, but at least we are nice. You don't see many Tesla and Apple people going around the internet starting flame wars. Have a nice day.
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          You missed out this part - Calacanis resigned from Weblogs Inc. in 2006
          carguy1701
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          I beg to differ.
          yonomo200
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          Wrong. But so do Linux and Windows fanboys. Bottom line, fanboys suck. It's one thing to be a fan, quite another to be a fanboy.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          He had no qualms about trashing Fisker for their fires: "Jason Really sad part about @fiskerauto is founder is so cavalier about spontaneous fires. If fires occurred in a garage family could die! #sad"
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          In case readers aren't aware, this very website was founded by Tesla's biggest fanboy, Jason Calacanis, partially funded with money from Elon Musk. Mr. Calacanis was also a substantial shareholder in Tesla with over 10k shares, which he states he has since sold. http://www.autoblog.com/2010/01/01/mahalo-ceo-jason-calacanis-giving-away-his-tesla-model-s-you-kn/
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          He also claimed that Fisker "stole" from Tesla, a claim that was thoroughly debunked when the Judge called Tesla's suit "baseless" and awarded Fisker compensation. https://twitter.com/PETRLOL/status/234871090856484864
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          Thanks for the additional info. Mr. Calacanis is a major source of the "Apple is gonna buy Tesla" rumors: "jason ‏@Jason 17m At $30-40b, apple or @google buying @TeslaMotors is a huge steal. Can you imagine of 10m 'Apple tesla cars' would have on their bottom line?" He's a major Tesla fanboy.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Day Ago
          @RyanC
          I can think of multiple Tesla trolls, on this website alone.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Day Ago
        @carguy1701
        They are almost as insufferable as individuals who use words like "douchebaggery" to describe hundreds of millions of people.
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