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‘Yo, I don’t hate Apple’, says Elon Musk

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to clear up confusion over apparently negative comments he made about Apple recently.

The Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder hit headlines yesterday after making light of potential competition from Apple in the car market.

Late last night however, Musk tweeted the following:

He posted up a follow-up tweet eight minutes later:

Musk’s initial comments were made to a German publication, in response to being asked whether Tesla was worried about Apple’s recent hiring of important Tesla engineers.

“Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired,” the Tesla boss said. “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.”

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The interviewer then asked Musk whether he was taking Apple’s alleged car ambitions seriously, to which he replied:

“Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? [laughs] No, seriously: It’s good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction.”

He added that “cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches”, that “the car is the next logical thing [for Apple]”, and that “a new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough”.

Do you agree with Musk’s comments? Let us know in the comments.

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