Details are thin on the ground, but The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Apple’s ‘Head of Mergers and Acquisitions’, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk for unknown reasons - some 12 months ago.
Musk has previously said that if Tesla was ever to be sold, it would likely be to a player from outside the automotive industry.
Apple fits the criteria there, and would be one of the few companies with the cash reserves required to make a realistic offer for Tesla, for either whole or part-ownership.
Neither Tesla or Apple are commenting at this stage, and no major announcements involving the pair have been made since the meeting reportedly took place.
Further reports suggest Apple may be interested in a slice of Tesla’s new battery factory (or even just a battery-supply deal), with the “world’s largest battery plant” currently under construction.
Discussions of a technical partnership or a ‘memorandum of understanding’ are also possible options.