We here at Motrolix have a theory: every time Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk opens his mouth, even if only to sneeze, a headline is made.
Well, this time the rebellious and disruptive entrepreneur did more than just sneeze; in response to murmurs that the Apple “Titan” project had long been poaching key engineers, the Tesla Motors CEO told German newspaper Handelsblatt that there is no merit to the rumors.
“Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired,” said the Tesla Motors CEO. “We always jokingly call Apple the Tesla Graveyard.” He went on to tell the newspaper that “If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.”
Even still, the secretive Apple Titan project might pose some threat to Tesla and the automotive industry as a whole. Except according to our source, Ars Technica, Mr. Musk doesn’t seem to be losing any sleep. The Tesla Motors CEO told Handelsblatt that “it’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smart watches. You can’t just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: ‘Build me a car.'”
While he had the mic, the Tesla Motors CEO got in one last jab at Apple, saying: “For Apple, the car is the next logical thing to finally offer a significant innovation. A new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough.”