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Elon Musk takes a dig at Apple, says Tesla won't 'bludgeon its competitors' by making its tech incompatible with other companies' products

Elon Musk takes a dig at Apple, says Tesla won't 'bludgeon its competitors' by making its tech incompatible with other companies' products

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (left) and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP, Richard Drew/Associated Press




Elon Musk said Tesla won't build a "walled garden" around its tech to "bludgeon" competitors.




The "walled garden" describes Apple's close control over what tech is compatible with its devices.




Musk also said Tesla uses less cobalt than Apple. Both have faced accusations of supply-chain child labor.




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Elon Musk criticized Apple twice during Tesla's Q2 earnings call on Monday.In one not-so-veiled reference to Apple, Musk said Tesla would not create a "walled garden" around its technology. "It is our goal, to support the advent of sustainable energy, it is not to create a walled garden and use that to bludgeon our competitors, which is sometimes used by some companies," said Musk.Per CNBC's Kif Leswing, Musk then faked a cough and said "Apple."
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