Elon Musk and Apple deny the wild story of trying to replace Tim Cook


Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly demanded to become Apple’s CEO on the 2016 phone with Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook, from Tesla’s upcoming book. Story, shared Los Angeles Times, will Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Century Bet by Wall Street Journal edited by Tim Higgins.

As the book says, Cook suggested to Musk that Apple buy Tesla, and Musk said he wanted to be CEO. Cook said he agreed, but Musk made it clear he wanted to be Apple’s CEO. “According to a former assistant who heard (Musk’s) the story of the exchange,” Cook said “Fuck you” before turning off the phone.

But Musk and Apple have both suggested that the conversation could not have taken place because Musk and Cook have never spoken.

Musk on Tweet on Friday, flat said it “Cook & I have never spoken or written to each other.” He also said he tried to meet with Cook about Apple buying Tesla. The meeting refused. (Musk discussed earlier this meeting company in December.)

When asked to comment on the reported discussion, Apple referred to remarks made by Cook during the interview The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, where she denied ever talking to Elon. “You know, I’ve never spoken to Elon, although I greatly appreciate and respect the company she’s built.” Cook said.

Musk also claims that much of the book is wrong. “Higgins managed to make the book both false * and * boring,” Musk said in a tweet on Friday:

And Musk apparently tried to pour cold water on the book as it was written and told Higgins that much of the book was “nonsense.” Los Angeles Times.

Musk apparently was not involved in the creation of Power Play. At the end, Higgins writes in the author’s note that Musk “was given numerous opportunities to comment on the stories, facts, and characterizations presented on these pages. Without showing any specific inaccuracies, he simply offered this: ‘Most, but not all, of what you read in this book is nonsense.’ “

Higgins and the book’s publisher’s representative have not responded to the request for comment.

Shortly after tweeting that he had never met Cook, Musk tweeted in support Epic’s battle against Apple and its rules in the App Store. “Apple’s app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet” Musk said. “The epic is right.”

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