At an annual Apple shareholder meeting in Cupertino this morning, one of the company’s shareholders told CEO Tim Cook “I’d like to see you guys buy Tesla.” Cook chuckled and avoided the question by talking about nice it would be for Tesla to adopt Apple’s own CarPlay platform, but with rumors that the company is working on an electric vehicle of its own, Cook may not be able to avoid that question for long.
Apple’s shareholder meeting in Cupertino on Tuesday morning was a less dramatic affair than Monday’s Watch launch – or indeed previous years’ events, without arguments with activist shareholders such as Carl Icahn or David Einhorn over how it spends its cash. But as is now traditional, its chief executive Tim Cook answered questions from shareholders in a pretty open and friendly way, Tim Bradshaw reports. Open, that is, unless the questions were about Tesla – which two of them were, following reports in the FT and elsewhere about Apple’s ambitions in the electric car market. The first investor asked about Apple’s relationship with Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive. “I’d like to see you guys buy Tesla,” the shareholder told Mr Cook.