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Apple has reportedly been in talks with Tesla Motors

As smartphones and tablets become regular household items, the tech industry is looking to roll out the next big thing. According to SFGate, Apple is looking to rock the automobile and medical industries with new acquisitions and potential partnerships.
 
Apple's iPhone and iPad continue to be popular sellers, but Apple realizes it can't just continue updating those two devices forever. It needs to be an innovator if it wants to stay on top with its $160 billion cash pile. And while the next wave in consumer electronics looks to be wearables, it already faces tough competition from the likes of Google, Samsung and Sony, which have already created smart watches and smart glasses for the consumer market.
 
That's not to say that other major tech companies haven't already dipped into cars and medical devices, though. Google has been testing its fully autonomous vehicle and recently announced a smart contact lens that tests the blood sugar levels of diabetics via tears. 
 
But there are still many untouched possibilities in these fields. And many can't deny that Apple isn't always the first to invent the technology, but it has a way of delivering a sleek, user-friendly version that people want to use -- and that could be Apple's edge. 


Tesla's touchscreens could one day be powered by Apple. [SOURCE: iDownload Blog]

That could also be why Apple was in talks with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk in early 2013. Tesla is a lot like Apple in that it certainly didn't invent the EV, but it made EVs a lot nicer to look at and made it more user-friendly by installing Superchargers all over the U.S. to relieve range anxiety. 
 
Reports suspect that Apple may be looking to acquire Tesla although that option seems highly unlikely. However, a more likely scenario is a partnership between the two instead which could put Apple-powered screens on Tesla EV dashboards. 
 
Aside from cars, Apple is also reportedly considering the development of a medical device that uses software and sensors to predict heart attacks.  The device would identify the sound blood makes as it tries to move through an artery, recognizing whether it's clogged with plaque. 
 
This is made possible by Apple's 2011 hire of Tomlinson Holman, a well-known audio engineer who invented THX and 10.2 surround sound. With Holman's audio expertise, such a device doesn't seem like such a moon shot. 
 
While such long-term goals could keep Apple from just being the iPhone/iPad maker, the company certainly isn't snubbing short-term consumer products like wearables. It's due to release its smart watch anytime now (it was originally due late last year). But reports say the project has been delayed due to battery research, where Apple hopes to develop better charging techniques for its new wearable. 
 
It most likely wants to beat Samsung's Galaxy Gear smart watch, which features a 315 mAh battery and will only last a day on a charge.

Source: SFGate



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It is fact?
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/17/2014 12:11:46 PM , Rating: 1
That Apple was supposed to release a watch last year? Did Apple say this? I don't recall Apple saying such a thing, so not sure how it's"fact" unless Apple states it.




RE: It is fact?
By sprockkets on 2/17/14, Rating: -1
RE: It is fact?
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/17/2014 1:24:30 PM , Rating: 1
She took out the fact part, but still left that it was supposed to be released last year, it was never said by anyone but analysts, tech rumor sites, ect that it should be out last year. Apple never said such a thing.


RE: It is fact?
By sprockkets on 2/17/2014 2:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
WHOOSH!


RE: It is fact?
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/17/2014 2:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
Um..Ok?


RE: It is fact?
By sprockkets on 2/17/2014 5:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, are you thick? Do I have to spell it out to you that my OP was sarcasm?

WHOOSH! is the sound you made when that joke went over your head!


RE: It is fact?
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/17/2014 5:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
It wasn't really a "joke" and second, I have the flu, not really caring for "sarcasm" this day.


RE: It is fact?
By sprockkets on 2/17/2014 6:13:39 PM , Rating: 1
Well if you can't get it that's your fault, not mine. It was very obvious to everyone else.

And why can't you care about it, it wasn't direct at you idiot.


RE: It is fact?
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/17/2014 6:19:38 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure what calling me an "idiot" is going to accomplish. And explain who "everyone else" is considering there are no other responses to to your lame post attacking someone like Tiffany, who you don't even KNOW and in a not so subtle way, calling her an alcoholic? Really?

I didn't find it funny in anyway, and I am sure other don't either.


RE: It is fact?
By sprockkets on 2/17/14, Rating: 0
RE: It is fact?
By KoolAidMan1 on 2/17/2014 8:18:48 PM , Rating: 2
Second opinion: Cheese is definitely an idiot.

He's so big an idiot he makes most of the mental midgets here look like geniuses.


RE: It is fact?
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/17/2014 8:34:28 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the troll that you are, why am I not surprised by this comment. Oh wait, I'm not.

quote:
mental midgets
Oh the irony. It's getting a little thick in here.


RE: It is fact?
By KoolAidMan1 on 2/17/2014 8:36:51 PM , Rating: 2
The good old "I know you are but what am I" response.

Aren't you just precious!


RE: It is fact?
By drycrust3 on 2/17/2014 2:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
There are already smartwatches on the market, so I would be surprised if Apple hasn't already made some prototypes.


RE: It is fact?
By retrospooty on 2/17/2014 3:54:52 PM , Rating: 2
There have been smartwatches on the market for over a decade, that doesn't mean alot. Apple probably is working on it, as the rumors keep stirring, but they have never announced it, not last year, or this year. They did say they are working on new markets, which could be the above or the above plus more.


RE: It is fact?
By tonyswash on 2/17/14, Rating: 0
RE: It is fact?
By sprockkets on 2/17/2014 8:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
The only think apple will do differently is tie it to their stupid ecosystem and advertise the hell out of it like they always do, then the idiots in the world will again think they invented something they didn't, like the mp3 player.


RE: It is fact?
By tonyswash on 2/18/2014 5:21:05 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
The only think apple will do differently is tie it to their stupid ecosystem and advertise the hell out of it like they always do, then the idiots in the world will again think they invented something they didn't, like the mp3 player.


Apple are never first to market. They wait until the technology has matured to the point that they can the things they want to do and until the shortcoming of existing offerings are clear and then they release products that are the result of careful design, that solve problems and offer new ways to to do things, and that people love.

Your example of the mp3 player is a perfect example of that very process. Before the iPod there were plenty of mp3 player but they were all poorly designed, overly complex, ladened with functions that most people didn't want. Most people just wanted to be able to carry a very large selection of their music on a small attractive device that was so easy to use that it felt as if there was no barrier or learning curve between them and just playing their music. Apple delivered all that and the other mp3 players did not and a result Apple utterly disrupted the mp3 market. Ditto the iPhone and smart phones, ditto the iPad and tablets.

My prediction is that if and when Apple enter a product category you wont see anything except the superficial gloss and will fail to understand why (assuming that Apple ghave done their job properly) it becomes a hit.


RE: It is fact?
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/18/2014 10:16:24 AM , Rating: 2
Holy PR post...


RE: It is fact?
By kmmatney on 2/18/2014 12:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
Who the hell cares if they "invented" anything. Apple tends to just make highly improved versions of things that already exist. They didn't invent MP3 players, but they made them a lot better. They weren't the first to have web browsing on a phone, but they were the first to make it usable/enjoyable.


By Lord 666 on 2/17/2014 9:10:10 PM , Rating: 2
I said it several times about Apple <-> Tesla. Glad to see someone else reporting on it. Its time for Tim to go as he blows as CEO.




By Cheesew1z69 on 2/17/2014 9:18:20 PM , Rating: 2
Apple isn't going to buy Tesla...


By fteoath64 on 2/18/2014 1:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
That is a good thing that Apple is NOT buying Tesla. Let us hope Google is not going to rush in to buy Tesla either!!!. That might be just a nightmare for Tesla customers much like the Nest customers who are very worried about their data privacy after acquisition by Google.
Tesla can and should stand on its own as it is going well. It should target cheaper cars sooner or partner with a smaller automotive manufacturer to do cheaper electric or hybrid electric cars.
A Japanese partner like Honda might be a good fit since Honda has huge global distribution network worldwide while Tesla has none outside of US.


By Nutzo on 2/18/2014 10:52:19 AM , Rating: 4
No, Apple will just make thier own car and then sue Tesla for copying them.


Cars need a standard interface
By Solandri on 2/17/2014 4:41:39 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
However, a more likely scenario is a partnership between the two instead which could put Apple-powered screens on Tesla EV dashboards.

Cars need to lose the built-in display screen. Much like car stereos, they need to move to a standard interface which lets you plug in any device and use that as your in-dash screen/interface.

I've seen a handful of older cars which are hampered by the slow speed of the CPU used in their in-dash interface. And the amounts some automakers are charging to update the maps on the built-in navigation devices is just ridiculous (hundreds or even over a thousand dollars). We need to decouple the UI device from the car, and just provide a standard interface so any device can be used for this purpose.




RE: Cars need a standard interface
By cfaalm on 2/18/2014 6:25:06 AM , Rating: 2
That, however, will be a problem if Apple acquires Tesla.


RE: Cars need a standard interface
By Nutzo on 2/18/2014 10:58:05 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
And the amounts some automakers are charging to update the maps on the built-in navigation devices is just ridiculous


When I can buy a seperate GPS, with free lifetime updates for LESS than the cost of a map update for the automaker, that's a problem.

Used to be that the GPS data was on a DVD, and you could pick up a year old verison off ebay or even find a copy to download. Now, the update has to be installed by the dealer using a code, which further raises the cost. I predict most people won't bother updating the GPS in thier cars due to the cost.


Plug-in snap-in
By DrApop on 2/18/2014 10:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
I would rather they have a region on the console that let me plug-in and snap-in a 10" iPad or Android tablet and then just let me download the auto model specific apps from the auto manufacturer. Why should I be charged $2000 for a $500 tablet?

Although I do understand that the tablet would have to be able to communicate with a number of sensors within the car.




RE: Plug-in snap-in
By Morridin19 on 2/18/2014 1:47:01 PM , Rating: 2
There are already numerous OBDII to Bluetooth modules that read CAN-BUS and can communicate with smartphone/tablets

http://www.scantool.net/obdlink-lx.html

"OBDLink LX is backwards compatible with the ELM327 command set, and works with dozens of third party apps (including Torque and DashCommand), on virtually every platform (except iOS), across every device category — smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop PCs."

There are also tons of cheaper ones on ebay


You're beating it wrong
By superstition on 2/17/2014 2:36:36 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Apple is also reportedly considering the development of a medical device that uses software and sensors to predict heart attacks. The device would identify the sound blood makes as it tries to move through an artery, recognizing whether it's clogged with plaque.

When the Maps app takes you into the ocean be sure to take that to heart.




I can hax your medicals?
By WldAntc on 2/17/2014 2:47:19 PM , Rating: 2
Given the RDF impossible-to-virus fables and Apple's extremely slow response to patch known security exploits.
Who in their right mind would trust an apple device to hold any med info?
Employers could hax to see who would cost them more medically and think of the insurance companies who would just love to hax (or easier... buy) entire databases of users med info.
Maybe we can call it call it, iGattica?




Holman a clown
By HarryLatourneau on 2/17/2014 9:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
Tomlinson Holman's work on cinema sound was an abject failure. His pronouncements on sound were widely disproved years ago, and THX sound in the cinemas is no longer being used. Holman isn't even an engineer - his college degree is in some kind of namby-pamby liberal arts. It gives me no comfort to think that something Tomlinson Holman developed would be relied on by ill people. Holman is a self-promoter and charlatan. Apple can do better.




Really?
By tng on 2/18/2014 10:05:31 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple is also reportedly considering the development of a medical device that uses software and sensors to predict heart attacks.
I can't really see Apple voluntarily coming up with something that might open them up for so much government oversight.

Especially since there is a much more limited market for this type of thing. FDA paperwork alone will at least double the cost to manufacture, since it can't be done in China, that will add cost.




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