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Apple is trying very hard to hire engineers away from Tesla Motors, says Elon Musk. Speaking with Bloomberg, the CEO claims that the Cupertino company is gunning hard for his employees, offering them as much as $250K signing bonuses and 60% salary increases.

This is interesting for a few reasons, one being that Apple was recently spotted driving unmarked minivans around the Bay Area with complex rooftop cameras. It’s believed the vehicles are either working on a new Street View-like Maps feature, or a driverless system. 

Keep in mind that Apple already has various other interests in the auto industry, including Siri Eyes Free and CarPlay. But if the $250,000 bonus figure is true, that would mean the company is looking for top engineers, not just low-level guys to tack on side projects.

Of course the hiring push could also just be a form of payback—Tesla has hired more employees away from Apple than any other company. Bloomberg says it’s poached at least 150 former Apple staffers in recent years, who now work in legal, engineering and other divisions.

It’s not hard to see why the two firms are so intertwined—they have a lot in common. Musk believes that “from a design philosophy, [Apple] is relatively closely aligned,” and his employees say the CEO relishes comparisons between himself and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Apple declined to comment.

Source: Bloomberg

  • Ian Leon

    Omg they’re making a car.

    • sharp44MAG .

      The iCar!

      • Carlos Medina

        wrong the it’ll be “the car of the future,” “innovation,” and for the very first time apple presents “Eye Driverless Siri Play Car 1st Gen.” The “2nd Gen S” will come out in a few years from now.

      • ilikeiphone

        Can it be like three editions?

        * 100k for the one with 10h battery life

        * 150k for the one with 15h battery life

        * 200k for the one with 20h battery life

        Hope not:)

      • jp2002

        100k for 2 seater
        200k for 6 seater

        4 seater option not available anymore.

      • GzyOnline

        don’t forget the gold edition!

      • Gregg

        I can already hear TC’s keynote: “This is the best car we’ve ever made”, “Our drivers love it”, “The C-Sat is 91%”, “JD Power says: If you’re going to buy a car, this is the one to get”, “This is incredible”, “we’re working hard to make enough iCars for everyone who wants one”, “We hope you like it as much as we do”, “We’re excited”, “Incredible”, “Only Apple…” “I’d like to invite Craig Federighi to give you an overview of iCar’s features and make some cheesy jokes. Craig?”

        There, just saved you an hour of watching the same keynote every year…

      • Ian Leon

        Omg and the corny computer jokes “all the drivers come pre-installed”

  • Dante Arellano

    Apple wants something than wont use til 100 years in the future

  • MaryRachel

    I love pissing contests as much as men love cat fights.

  • ilikeiphone

    Crap if it will have a signal problem.