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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