Apple and A123 Systems reportedly reaching a settlement over talent poaching
As ridiculous as it may sound for Apple to get into the electric vehicle business, we’ve seen an incredible amount of rumors that point in that direction. The rumored “Project Titan” is real according to sources, so much so that we’ve seen Cupertino renting vans here and there for reasons we still can’t confirm. Another major indicator is Apple’s poaching of Tesla Motors engineers, in addition to A123 engineers, and this has led Apple into some major legal issues.
If you remember, A123 Systems sued Apple earlier this year over poaching engineers and scientists to work in Cupertino. A123 is known for its battery technology, and given the fact that the Apple would be hiring them to work in a “large scale battery division” that could potentially compete with them, the lawsuit did have reason to go further in the courts. News today are that Apple And A123 are close to reaching a settlement over the lawsuit before it reaches court, though details on this settlement haven’t been provided.
This Cupertino team is also notorious for the amount of Tesla Motors talents it’s been able to attract, but according to a recent interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, things don’t need to get legal as Tesla has poached five times more employees from Apple.
It seems the Apple Car is something that might have a future, though we don’t discard the possibility that these engineers are just helping build better iPhone, Mac and iPad batteries as well.