Apple to buy Tesla? One entrepreneur is convinced it'll happen within 18 months

By Shawn Knight
Feb 17, 2015
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  1. Rumors of Apple jumping into the automotive industry have reached a dizzying frenzy over the past week or so. Between hiring up automotive experts, dedicating a significant amount of resources to a car project codenamed "Titan" and sending out minivans...

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  2. NightAntilli

    NightAntilli TS Booster Posts: 93   +71

    No. I don't want this. Ever.
    stewi0001, DaveBG and spectrenad like this.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    I highly doubt musk would throw in his lot with apple this early on. but what do I know.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +193

    Oh I hope not!... Tesla is so much cooler of a company than Apple.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    This would be the absolute quickest way for me to loose interest in Tesla. That's pretty much what happened when Facebook acquired Oculus VR. My hatred for Facebook rubbed off on Oculus VR.
  6. Great, it'll make Tesla owner more difficult to repair their cars..
    owner: looks like my brake calipers need replacement, please fix it
    technician: well, I think it's impossible, sir, because the brake calipers itself are soldered to the car, sir.. just like macbook
    SalaSSin, DaveBG and BlueDrake like this.
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,587   +278

    I doubt this is really on the cards. It's been stated that Apple have been poaching Tesla staff but I'd put money on them being staff who don't have specializations particular to the automotive industry.
  8. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Addict Posts: 331   +99

    Would kill any interest in a tesla.. and I would have to tell ISIL where apple lives..
    wastedkill and DaveBG like this.
  9. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Addict Posts: 212   +72

    I hope not.
  10. MartyLK

    MartyLK TS Rookie

    Great. Now the price of electric cars will go higher than ever.
    cableguy likes this.
  11. Does anybody really want to drive in a walled garden? Cars offer freedom - Apple offers only a prison (yes, it may be comfy, it may "just work", it may be cool, it may be design, but it is still a prison).

    So, Apple buying Tesla? Please, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
  12. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +480

    The iCar, the car that tells you how to drive... XD
  13. John Stumpe

    John Stumpe TS Rookie

    How many of you guys would actually buy a Tesla if the company stays independent?
    Archean and Rippleman like this.
  14. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,161

    Rumor mill has it that they are poaching engineers for an Apple minivan they have in the works.

    They may need to do some serious marketing brainstorming, though. Apple's brand for non-computers is the I-SOMETHING. Seeing that BMW already has the I-MODEL nomenclature, they will have to come up with something new.

    My money is on the Soccer Mom. And, of course, the variant with all the bells and whistles, the Soccer Mom Pro.
  15. p3ngwin

    p3ngwin TS Enthusiast Posts: 26   +8

    yep, also have to balance that with Tesla poaching Apple staff too :)
  16. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 735   +259

    No. I actually respect Tesla...
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,587   +278

    Most likely a minivan priced like a Ferrari. Will you only be able to have it serviced by official iMechanics using Apple parts?
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,936

    Me? Buying an Apple branded product? Hmmm... suddenly walking doesn't seem so bad anymore.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  19. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,161

    This is Apple. It'll be priced like a mid-spec Bentley and have performance just above a Honda Odyssey. It will probably be serviceable by the average joe. Obtaining the proprietary tires and replacement wipers, special washer fluid, proprietary oil and transmission fluid, air filter UNIT, and proprietary hybrid battery charger is another story.

    But I hear the in-dash touchscreen will be pretty good.
    Arris likes this.
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    @davislane1 - lol - and all windows will get a busted corner during the first year of use.
  21. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,161

    You assume Apple would give you the freedom to roll down the windows.
  22. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Best tax planning for Apple.
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I'm sure that would be allowed for a monthly service fee!
  24. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    And what would Apple do with Tesla?...

    - Replace all displays with "retina" screens;
    - Re-brand all speakers as Beats;
    - Change the charging socket to a new one that requires an expensive adapter;
    - Put Apple logo on the car and on the steering wheel;

    What else super-duper will or can they do?
    mosu likes this.
  25. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,161

    - Fingerprint keyless entry & ignition;
    - Add proprietary square cup holders;
    - Add fragrance atomizer a la Mercedes-Benz;
    - Only provide two fragrances;
    - iCloud integration;

    What else super-duper wouldn't or couldn't they do?
    VitalyT likes this.

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