In an effort to spur innovation and perhaps by extension, make a whole bunch of money, Apple appears to be courting car maker Tesla. Apple and Tesla have reportedly been in talks around a possible acquisition or partnership, but so far nobody is spilling the beans on any deals. Such a deal might seem like a crazy move for Apple in terms of moving away from consumer electronics, but some analysts are saying that it’s crazy like a fox:
Tesla and Apple already have plenty in common. Both have built brands based on advanced engineering and stylish user-friendly design. And each company has become a symbol of Silicon Valley innovation – even among people who don’t own their products. Tesla has a habit of poaching former Apple executives and engineers – none more notable than former Apple marketing guru George Blankenship. He developed Tesla’s retail concept of sleek, company-owned stores rather than franchise dealerships. Those stores bear more than a passing resemblance to Apple Stores.
This comes on the heels of more worries about privacy, now with our cars spying on our every move.
Apple is also diving into the world of medical devices. Specifically, they’re working on sensor technology that can help predict heart attacks. The project leader is Tomlinson Holman, a renowned audio engineer who invented THX and 10.2 surround sound. Apple is apparently looking into how heart attacks can be predicted by studying the sound blood makes at it flows through arteries.
iHeart? Coming soon to an open heart surgery near you?