It’s no secret that Apple would love to shake up the driving experience by bringing iOS to the dashboard. Most people expect the company to cut deals with various auto manufacturers to create special iOS interfaces. But a few observers think that Apple has bigger plans–like buying an automaker.
This is where the rumours about Apple buying Tesla come in. SFGate reports:
A source tells The Chronicle that [Apple’s mergers and acquisitions chief Adrian] Perica met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Cupertino last spring around the same time analysts suggested Apple acquire the electric car giant.A spokeswoman for Tesla declined to comment. Apple did not respond to a request for comment. The newspaper has also learned that Apple is heavily exploring medical devices, specifically sensor technology that can help predict heart attacks. Led by Tomlinson Holman, a renowned audio engineer who invented THX and 10.2 surround sound, Apple is exploring ways to predict heart attacks by studying the sound blood makes at it flows through arteries.
Taken together, Apple’s potential forays into automobiles and medical devices, two industries worlds away from consumer electronics, underscore the company’s deep desire to move away from iPhones and iPads and take big risks.
Apple has $167 billion in cash in the bank. Interesting thought, no?