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Elon Musk on Apple being a Tesla graveyard and labeling Jobs “kind of a jerk”

In February 2015it was reported thatApple had begun working on an electric car that could be released by 2020. That tidbit of news in itself made headlines, but what many also focused on was the fact that themajority of the new Apple employees come from Ford, Tesla and A123 Systems.

Of course,?A123 Systems’s bosses weren’t happy when they found out and launched a lawsuit against Apple, claiming the giant had crafted an aggressive campaign to poach engineers from other companies.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, however, recently dismissed such claimsin an interview with German newspaper “Handelsblatt”. Hesaid: Important engineers Apple hired people weve fired. We always call Apple the Tesla graveyard . If you dont make it at Tesla, you go work atApple. Im not kidding.

When asked whether or not he took Apple seriously as a competitor in the automotive market, Musk replied: Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch

He added: No, seriously it’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches. You can’t just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car.

But 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.

He also described his own work as more “complex” than that of the tech giant.

Of course, the two companies have been in a rivalry for long while, but following on from the interview with “Handelsblatt”, Musk was asked to give his comments about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

“The one time I met Steve Jobs, he was kind of a jerk,” he said. “And everyone who knew him…”?

He explained that when Google’sLarry Page had introduced him to Jobs at party several years ago, Jobs didn’t know who he was.

“The last thing I need is to generate animosity, you know,” he said.

Musk then asked to “withdraw” his comments, adding that it was a “personal experience”.


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