Apple will buy Tesla for $75 billion in 18 months. Wait any longer and Tesla will be too expensive.
Apple would need at least seven years to get a car on the road: three or four years to design it, followed by three to five years of building factories capable of any sort of modest capacity.
Elon Musk as the CEO of Apple? Wow. Doubt he would want to do it, but I could see him being the Chairman — and that would be kind of special.
Reports are 100+ Apple former employees are working for Tesla.
Tesla’s Model S is considered the greatest car ever made — something Apple can relate to (having had Walt Mossberg anoint them the greatest phone, tablet, and laptop ever made).
Perhaps we will hear a spring surprise: Apple is a partner in Tesla’s Giga factory?
Bottom line: $75b combined with Apple’s reputation, an announced Model 3 and 100,000 pre-orders for it, and we’ll see Tesla be the big acquisition we’ve all been waiting for Apple to make