Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple but Tim Cook refused

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What you need to know

  • Elon Musk says he debated selling Tesla to Apple but Tim Cook refused the meeting.
  • Musk claims the communication (or lack thereof) occurred during the Model 3 project.

We always ponder the "what if" scenarios, and one of the biggest questions that have found its way into almost everyone in the tech community's brain is, "What if Apple bought Tesla?" Well, it appears that Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, had the same idea at one point.

In a tweet, Musk says that when Tesla was working on the Model 3, he reached out to Apple to talk about a potential acquisition of the company. According to Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to take the meeting.

Musk dropped this revelation when responding to someone talking about the potential battery technology in a future Apple Car.

Now, we don't know much about this potential sale other than what Musk said and the tech community is aware of his tendencies to be...extravagant. It's not clear how serious this potential acquisition was and how far it made its way within Apple.

Apple is also in the middle of working on its own self-driving car project, Project Titan. While the details of what will come out of that project are still highly debated, a recent report suggests that it could result in Apple releasing its own passenger car as soon as 2024.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.