After taking a dig at Apple, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he does not hate the iPhone maker and is glad that the company is making an electric vehicle.
Musk told Handelsblatt, a German publication, that Apple has always been on the lookout for poaching Tesla engineers and probably employing them to develop a car. Musk also added that employees who have left Tesla and joined Apple were not important to the company.
"Important engineers? They have hired people we've fired," says Musk. "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."
In the past Musk has also alleged that Apple was trying to lure Tesla engineers with high salaries and incentives. However, Apple has been successful in getting only a few Tesla employees to jump ship.
While Musk claims Apple has been poaching Tesla's employees, many reports have also claimed that Tesla has also tried to steal Apple engineers.
Musk also applauded Apple's efforts of developing an electric car but he also added that making a car is very complex in comparison to the smartphones and smartwatches that Apple makes.
However, now Musk is backtracking and in a recent tweet he says that Apple has many talented people and he does not hate the company.
Yo, I don't hate Apple. It's a great company with a lot of talented people. I love their products and I'm glad they're doing an EV.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2015
Apple was primary a computer maker but forayed into the smartphone and tablet industry with the iPhone and the iPad. These devices have changed people's perspectives on tablets and smartphones and the gadgets are some of the most popular ones in the market.
Apple is also testing the waters of the wearable tech market with the launch of the Apple Watch in September 2014. The smartwatch hit the shelves in April this year but it seems that it has not impressed some people, at least not Musk.
In a separate tweet Musk refers to the Apple Watch and says that Jony Ive, the chief design officer of Apple, has designed the Apple Watch well but he does not find the functionality compelling.
Regarding the watch, Jony & his team created a beautiful design, but the functionality isn't compelling yet. By version 3, it will be. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2015