"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?"
They have no Steve Jobs to provide them direction and - as importantly - stop them from wandering down every path. There's no vision at Apple anymore. It's increasingly becoming a company fixated on profits, where growth is more important than the actual product.
There were a lot of things not to like about Steve Jobs - not least was his obsession with form over function - but he knew what he wanted Apple to be and made sure it moved in that direction. Apple is beginning to flounder like too many other tech companies. Perhaps in a few years they will invite John Scully back as CEO; it wouldn't surprise me.