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One of the persistent (if odd) rumors that's been floating around lately is that Apple plans to buy the Tesla motor company as a part of its supposed drive to create the "iCar," but if it does, Tesla isn't telling. Yet in an interview with Bloomberg today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk did confirm that the motor company had "conversations" with Apple, but he wasn't specific as to what these concerned.
The rumors ramped up this weekend when the San Francisco Chronicle announced that Musk had met with Apple acquisitions chief Adrian Perica. It's possible he even met with Tim Cook himself. As MacRumors reports, earlier information from The Los Angeles Times suggests that the meeting may have been about more mundane matters, such as how to match iOS with electric cars or simple lithium-iron battery supplies.
Indeed, when asked about his recent meeting with Perica, Musk said that an Apple acquisition was "very unlikely" as Tesla needs to stay "super focused" on creating a quality electric car. Importantly, however, he didn't say that such an acquisition was impossible.
"If there was a scenario where it seemed like it would be more likely that we would be able to create the mass market sort of affordable, compelling car then possibly it would make sense to entertain those discussions," Musk said. "I don't currently see any scenario that would improve that probability, so that's why I think it's very unlikely."
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