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Fred Lambert

@FredericLambert

Fred is the editor in chief and main writer at Electrek. He mainly covers electric vehicles, autonomous cars and ride-sharing platforms.

You can read his work on Electrek, 9to5mac.com and 9to5google.com

You can contact him by email at fred@9to5mac.com

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April 1

Apple to buy over $50 million worth of batteries from Tesla for new energy storage project

Apple announced a massive new energy storage project in California, and we learned that Tesla will supply its Megapack battery systems for the project.

February 24

Fisker wants to build an electric vehicle with Apple supplier Foxconn

Fisker, Henrik Fisker’s latest electric vehicle startup, wants to build an electric vehicle with Foxconn, a massive Chinese company better known for being an Apple supplier.

December 28, 2020

Tesla is working on Apple and Amazon Music in-car integration

Tesla is working on adding Apple Music and Amazon Music as new native in-car music services inside its electric vehicles.

December 22, 2020

Elon Musk reveals he looked to sell Tesla to Apple for a fraction of its current value

Elon Musk has confirmed rumors that he tried to sell Tesla to Apple not so long ago, but Apple CEO Tim Cook wouldn’t even take the meeting.

Cook probably regrets it since Musk said that he was willing to let Tesla go for 1/10th of its current value.

July 11, 2019

Tesla engineer admits uploading Autopilot source code to iCloud before leaving for competitor

Tesla is currently suing a former Autopilot engineer who they claim stole the source code of the autonomous driving system for a Chinese competitor, Xpeng.

Now the former employee has admitted to uploading the Autopilot source code to his iCloud at a suspicious time in his move to Xpeng, but he denies misconduct.

May 21, 2019

Apple tried to buy Tesla for more than it’s currently worth a few years ago, report says

Apple reportedly offered to buy Tesla at around $240 per share back in 2013.

The bid from six years ago is now being reported as Tesla’s share price has dipped under the price Apple was allegedly willing to pay.

February 5, 2019

Tesla unveils new iPhone cases on new Amazon store

Tesla is launching new iPhone cases today as part of the launch of its new Amazon store to sell its merchandise and eventually maybe more.

August 28, 2018

Tesla launches portable Qi charger compatible with your iPhone

Tesla is launching a new product today: the ‘Tesla Wireless Charger’.

Surprisingly, the product is not for your Tesla vehicle, but for your smartphone.

August 8, 2017

GM’s Cruise launches beta autonomous ride-sharing app with Chevy Bolt EVs

GM’s autonomous driving division, Cruise Automation, announced the launch of the beta version of its autonomous ride-sharing app currently being used by employees in San Francisco, where they operate a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt EV test vehicles.

July 20, 2017

Last year, Apple was rumored to be working on an autonomous all-electric car codenamed ‘Project Titan’. The company later confirmed development work on an autonomous driving platform and CEO Tim Cook even referred to it as “a core technology” for the company, but it showed signs of giving up on developing an actual car.

But now Apple is reportedly working on electric car batteries with China’s biggest battery maker. expand full story

June 29, 2017

Renowned car designer Henrik Fisker is about to officially launch his new electric car company and unveiled its first vehicle, the EMotion, a $130,000 long-range premium sedan.

Ahead of the launch tomorrow, some “great people” at Apple apparently got a preview of the vehicle.  expand full story

May 9, 2017

On Electrek today, we reported that Tesla’s battery research partner announced that they managed to double the lifetime of the batteries in Tesla’s products 4 years ahead of time.

They achieved that through a new method to test battery cell longevity and we now learn that Apple also bought the same machines developed through the method. expand full story

February 10, 2017

First look at Tesla’s new mobile app with new UI, Touch ID, and widgets

Last month, we published an exclusive report on our sister-site Electrek about Tesla’s upcoming new mobile app: ‘Tesla is about to release its biggest app update yet: Touch ID login, widget integration, and more‘.

August 17, 2016

Apple’s Reliability Director is going to Tesla to scale up production with iPhone-like dependability

With some high profile exceptions, it is generally accepted that Apple ships some of the most reliable high-tech products out there – at least if you believe the customer satisfaction reports. Things are far murkier for Tesla in that department, especially at its relatively early age.

June 1, 2016

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After our attempt at explaining the 500% markup on Apple’s new solar array yesterday, further information has now confirmed that Apple’s new stores – starting in the brand new San Francisco location – will be utilizing a new walkable solar glass floor technology for electricity generation. According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has decided to commit itself to OnyxSolar’s designer photovoltaic technology for its new stores. The first of these is located in the heart of San Francisco, the company’s home town.” expand full story

April 29, 2016

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The automotive industry is a capital-intensive industry. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne knows it and that’s why he is open to work with Google or Apple:

“Google can buy every automaker out of petty cash. And Apple — they made a net profit of $24 billion in one quarter. This is nonsense. What are we defending? What?”

In a not yet released 2-hour interview with Automobile Mag‘s Georg Kache, Marchionne discusses the recent rumors of a FCA partnership with Google for self-driving cars and how the automaker wants to position itself in an industry disrupted by the likes of Apple, Google, Tesla and Uber. expand full story

April 19, 2016

chirs porritt

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has an affectionate nickname for Apple: The ‘Tesla Graveyard‘. “They have hired people we’ve fired,” Musk said. “We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’ If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple”. He made the comment after being asked about the so-called “poaching war” between the automaker and the consumer electronic giant following the start of Apple’s electric car program: ‘Project Titan‘.

We follow who’s coming and who’s going at Tesla pretty closely at Electrek and it’s clear that the two companies share a lot of former colleagues. Tesla’s senior engineering staff and leadership are full of former Apple directors and VPs, while the Cupertino-based company hired quite a few former Tesla engineers, but rarely any senior leadership… until now.

9to5Mac, in collaboration with our sister-site Electrek, has exclusively confirmed and discovered respectively that Apple hired former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering and former Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Chirs Porritt, to work on “special projects”, and we know that “special projects” is where Apple’s Titan car project lives.

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April 13, 2016

motortrend apple car

Betteridge’s law of headlines is that any headline ending in a question mark can be answered by the word no, and Motor Trend was working hard to prove it today. The auto industry publication had a lot of Apple and EV enthusiasts excited today after teasing a reveal set for tomorrow with several design sketches and pictures posted to their Twitter feed:

Is this the Apple Car we’ve all been waiting for? As per the law above… expand full story

February 29, 2016

Apple-A8-Chip

If there’s indeed a poaching chess game going on between Tesla and Apple, it would appear the automaker is winning in acquiring quality pieces. Just a few week after we exclusively reported that Tesla hired legendary chip architect Jim Keller as new “Vice-President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering”, we now learn that Keller is joined by former DEC Alpha, PA Semi and until earlier this year Apple Director Peter Bannon.

Before Keller left Apple for AMD in 2012, he and Bannon were leading Apple’s processor development since the Cupertino-based company bought their chip making firm PA Semi in 2008. The duo lead the development of Apple’s A4 and A5 processors, which powered most of the company’s mobile devices from 2010 to 2012. Keller then left to develop the Zen architecture at AMD, but Bannon stuck around and developed several other chips for Apple until leaving for Tesla to join Keller last week. expand full story

February 24, 2016

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Original Story from our sister-site Electrek

Elon Musk, CEO of both electric automaker Tesla and rocket manufacturer SpaceX, splits his time between his two companies, which he also co-founded and financed with most of his early fortune from Paypal. Now Electrek has learned through sources that Musk will not be the only executive dividing his time between Tesla and SpaceX since the CEO hired Apple’s alloy expert Charles Kuehmann to lead materials engineering at both companies.

Kuehmann is now Vice-President of Materials Engineering at Tesla and SpaceX, where he is responsible for delivering materials innovations, something he is very familiar with after over two decades spent in materials science. expand full story

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