"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?"
This, thank you. Cars are a mature technology, and it'll be a long time before electric cars are the sort of mass-market product Apple would even consider producing. Talks with Tesla are probably about iOS integration and maybe battery tech, but beyond that it's just silly speculation.
But medical devices are a different story. Apple can leverage their strengths, cutting-edge technology, and abilities to sell lots of things that cost 1-4 figures (not a few things that cost nearly six figures), and disrupt another industry.