Shots Fired: Elon Musk Claims Apple Hires Rejected And Fired Tesla Engineers

Emma Colton Deputy Editor
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Elon Musk threw some serious shade today at Apple Inc., Apple Inc.’s engineers and Apple Inc.’s electric car plans during an interview in Germany.

The Tesla car magnate told Düsseldorf’s Handelsblatt Newspaper that Apple has become a “Tesla graveyard” where fired employees from the car company end up working as inferior engineers at the Cupertino computer tech company.

Musk went off when German journalists Lukas Bay and Thomas Tuma asked him what he thought about Apple poaching his former “important engineers.”

And this is how Musk answered, “Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’ If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.”

At the end of September, Apple announced plans to develop and build an electric — one that would directly compete with Musk’s fleet of Teslas — and hopes to have it ready for the public in 2019. The German journalist questioned Musk on his thoughts about the computer and phone company joining the car game and if he’s taking “Apple’s ambitions seriously.”

Musk answered with a curt, “Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch?” He then laughed at his own comment, according to The Guardian.

He added “it’s good” Apple is considering building cars, “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.’”

Tesla revealed its latest electric car on September 29 — a four-door SUV crossover labelled by critics as “gorgeous” and “futuristic.” (RELATED: Tesla Unveils Its Cutting-Edge Electric SUV And People Love It)

“But for Apple, the car is the next logical thing to finally offer a significant innovation,” Musk conceded in the interview. “A new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough.”

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