Elon Musk says that Apple only hires Tesla's worst engineers

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk doesn't think very much of Apple's reported plan to build an electric car, he revealed in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt.

When asked about the fact that Apple keeps hiring Tesla engineers, Musk didn't bother to spare anyone's feelings:

"They have hired people we've fired. We always jokingly call Apple the 'Tesla Graveyard.' If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding," Musk says.Advertisement

On the concept of Apple building a car at all, he agreed it was "the next logical thing," for the iPhone giant. But he doesn't seem to take their plans too seriously as a threat to Tesla.

"Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? (laughs) No, seriously: It's good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches," Musk said.

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