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posted by mattie_p on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the when-all-you-have-is-$160-billion dept.

AudioGuy writes:

"Adrian Perica is a very busy man. Over the past 18 months, the mergers and acquisitions chief at Apple has been scouring the globe looking for deals, snatching up everything from search engines and data analytics to mapping software and motion tracking chips.

A source tells The Chronicle that Perica met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Cupertino last spring at around the same time analysts suggested Apple acquire the electric car giant.

The newspaper has also learned that Apple is heavily exploring medical devices, specifically sensor technology that can help predict heart attacks. Led by Tomlinson Holman, a renowned audio engineer who invented THX and 10.2 surround sound, Apple is exploring ways to predict heart attacks by studying the sound blood makes at it flows through arteries.

Taken together, Apple's potential forays into automobiles and medical devices, two industries worlds away from consumer electronics, underscore the company's deep desire to move away from iPhones and iPads and take big risks.

Good grief. Is the 'iTesla next in the 'i' line?"

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by SyntaxError on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:55PM

    by SyntaxError (1577) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:55PM (#2782)

    Imagine how much the apple branded car charging cable will cost? Maybe they'll make it only work with apple branded electricity.

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by jcd on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:13PM

    by jcd (883) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:13PM (#2799)

    Also, no stress relief for the cable, it'll wear out as fast as my laptop charger did.

    Wait, did I just admit I have a macbook? It runs Arch, I swear to god.

    "What good's an honest soldier if he can be ordered to behave like a terrorist?"
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by animal on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:23PM

    by animal (202) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:23PM (#2814)

    Yeah and when something goes wrong Apple would reply "you weren't holding in right. Here have these free fur dice to hang on your mirror"

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by BsAtHome on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:46PM

    by BsAtHome (889) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @08:46PM (#2836)

    Haven't you heard the rumours that Apple is negotiating a deal with Quantum Mechanics to have electrons with an Apple-signature charge? The next generation of Apple products will only run on iElectricity with iElectrons. There is a good chance that iPhotons will follow in the deal and require new iEyes.