In the new book Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century, author Tim Higgins writes that during a conversation between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, which took place in 2016, Elon Musk said that if Apple possibly wanted buy Tesla, he would need to become CEO of the joint venture, reports Macrumors.
Something that Tim Cook, according to the book, should respond by saying “F-you” to Musk and hang up.
Elon Musk has previously said that he contacted Tim Cook to discuss the possibility that Apple would buy Tesla. According to Musk, Tim Cook will cancel the meeting.
Via Twitter Elon Musk now writes that the book’s content is not correct. According to Elon Musk, he and Tim Cook have never spoken or written to each other.
Macrumors also notes that in an interview that Kara Swisher did for The New York Times with Tim Cook in April, Apple’s CEO said in turn that he never spoke to Elon Musk but that he has “great admiration and respect” for Tesla.
The author of the book Tim Higgins insists that this was a story that Elon Musk himself told Tesla employees when the carmaker struggled with the Model X. He also says that Apple and Elon Musk had plenty of opportunities to comment on the content of the book before it was published but declined.