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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: 3, Interesting) by unimatrix on Wednesday February 19 2014, @11:27PM

    by unimatrix (1983) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @11:27PM (#2967)

    Probably not next year, but definitely in 2016 we'll be looking at a new car. Mine is 10 years old, 150k miles and hers will be about half that. Previously I had a condo/loft which meant no option to do electric charging, but now married with a house out in the suburbs and electric is an option. Not only an option, but an interesting one because I work from the house 3 days a week and her daily commute is less than 20 miles a day round trip.

    To me it will be interesting to see what Chevy does with the Volt's technology and whether it comes down in price or gets incorporated into other models. As it stands right now I can get a Cruse Eco that's 40MPH+ for half the price of a Volt let alone a Tesla. Unless Gas suddenly went to $15 a gallon I doubt that I'd ever make up the $20k difference over the life of the car. And it's that fact that keeps me from going electric right now.

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