Elon Musk, Apple, And Tim Cook: Musk Bashes App Store Fees

The Tesla CEO also comments on his aspirations to be Apple CEO.


Continuing his attack on Apple, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the “app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet.” If that were not enough, Musk went further and added “Epic is right.” Before this tweet, Elon Musk also targeted Apple for its use of cobalt and then later about the “walled garden” that is the Apple ecosystem.

Earlier on Monday, Musk took a dig at Apple during Tesla’s earnings call. He first said that “Apple uses I think almost 100% cobalt in their batteries and cell phones and laptops, but Tesla uses no cobalt in the iron-phosphate packs.”

Musk’s second dig came when he was talking about letting competitors use Tesla’s charging network. He said that “It is not to create a walled garden and use that to bludgeon our competitors which is used by some companies.”

Elon Musk On Apple App Store Fees

After taking jabs at Apple on Monday, Elon Musk just tweeted about the Apple App Store fees. The tweet saying “Epic is right” is embedded above. The Apple vs Epic Games judgment is due to come soon. However, the Tesla CEO has shown his support for Epic Games.

For the uninitiated, Apple and Epic Games are engaged in a lawsuit since Apple removed Epic from the App Store after Epic bypassed Apple’s in-app purchase system. Blix also sued Apple on similar lines but the case was dismissed by a federal judge in Delaware.

Elon Musk As Apple CEO: “Nonsense”

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Times published a book review that claims that Elon Musk wanted to be Apple CEO. The review says that in 2016, before the launch of the Tesla Model 3, Tim Cook offered for Apple to buy Tesla. Musk agreed to sell Tesla only if Cook made him the CEO of Apple.

According to the book, Tim Cook said “Fu*k you” and disconnected the call. However, Elon Musk has denied that the conversation ever took place. Tim Cook had also previously said that he and Musk had never talked but he has admiration for Tesla.

On the book review and Musk aspiring to be Apple CEO, Elon Musk commented that “Most, but not all, of what you read in this book is nonsense”.

Manik Berry

Manik Berry

With a Master’s degree in journalism, Manik writes about big tech and has a keen eye for political-tech news. In his free time, he’s browsing the Kindle store for new stuff read. Manik also adores his motorcycle and is looking for new routes on weekends. He likes tea and cat memes. You can reach him at [email protected]
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