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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 VLM on Wednesday February 19 2014, @09:40PM

    by VLM (445) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @09:40PM (#2886)

    Product orientation is one way to look at it, but I'm even more mystified by biz structure.

    So a place that designs disposable goods and has the Chinese build them is going to take over a durable goods manufacturing plant full of robots?

    It would be like watching Walmart pivot into aerospace turbopump manufacturing. Yeah that'll fit right in. McNuggets, space shuttle main engine primary fuel turbopumps, and happy meals.

    I agree with you totally on the med-ish devices. Why the fitbit isn't already the iFitbit and its glossy little scale too, is a mystery to me.

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  • (Score: 1) by Anonymous Couuard on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:53AM

    by Anonymous Couuard (797) on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:53AM (#3180) Journal

    > Walmart ... McNuggets,.... happy meals.
    I think your analogy just hit a piece of debris in the middle of the road and burst in to flames.