If you're wondering whether or not the news of Apple pursuing self-driving has made its way into Elon Musk's psyche - the answer is yes. Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday in response to an analyst from ARK Invest critiquing Apple's reported entrance into the industry.
Musk tried to take a shot at Apple, but it appears that all he did was admit he went running to Apple looking for a bailout during the early days of the Model 3. Musk admitted that during the Model 3's "darkest days", he reached out to Apple and that Tim Cook didn't give him the time of day.
"During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value). He refused to take the meeting," Musk tweeted.
During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value). He refused to take the meeting.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
Tesla stock wasn't helped along much on Monday when we noted that Apple was throwing its hat into the self-driving car business. In addition to designing self-driving vehicles, Reuters also reported that Apple's cars could "include its own breakthrough battery technology".
Apple's development project, called "Project Titan" was rumored to have been shelved after first starting in 2014. However, former Tesla executive Doug Field returned back to Apple in 2018 to work on the project before laying off 190 people from the team in 2019. But since then, "Apple has progressed enough that it now aims to build a vehicle for consumers", Reuters noted.
In case anybody was left wondering about whether or not Apple plans to become a Tesla competitor or not, it seems as though that narrative has been sewn.
Early analysis on social media was...astute:
Tim Cook is smart https://t.co/SQ0r9Nhwj0— luis carruthers (@orthereaboot) December 22, 2020
Not a single person in business respects Elon Musk & it's why he constantly needs to engage with the Tesla #IncelsForElon for any kind of validation.#TheSociopathicBusinessModel #FraudFormula $TSLA #Tesla https://t.co/nbieQEUJKL— KillingMyCareer (@MelaynaLokosky) December 22, 2020
real headline:— luis carruthers (@orthereaboot) December 22, 2020
Musk once again confirms $TSLA was close to insolvency & reaching for a lifeline in 2018 without ever disclosing said facts/committing securities fraud by stating the opposite in signed SEC documents
I think Musk thinks he is talking shit to Apple, but really all he's doing is revealing material info he never disclosed (that he was shopping the company during 'dark days') and that he needed a bailout. It makes the call option fuckery look even that much more sus.— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) December 22, 2020
In response, Tim Cook should pull a Tesla gamma squeeze, push AAPL stock to $1 quadrillion market cap, and buy every company.— zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 22, 2020
I call this tweet:— Stanphyl Capital (@StanphylCap) December 22, 2020
“Legitimate CEO Spots Scumbag a Mile Away” https://t.co/fVh6T6Cqjb