Elon Musk recently met Apple CEO Tim Cook after he proclaimed that he’d ‘go to war’ with the trillion-dollar company Apple. It all started with Musk claiming that Apple had “threatened” to pull Twitter, his newest company, off its app store. After chaotic reports of unfounded rumours claiming that Musk would soon take Apple to court, the Tesla chief himself took to Twitter and cleared the “misunderstanding”.

Earlier, Elon Musk had taken a dig at Apple’s monopolistic power over its app store, which is the only way a user can download and install an application on their iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. Musk complained about Apple having the ultimate veto of approving applications, pulling them off its store, and taking a cut of the sales for its own revenue.

Musk’s complaints were seen as a foreshadowing of what could turn into legal spat between the two tech giants. However, before things escalated, Musk took to Twitter, and shared a video of him visiting the Apple’s Cupertino campus and giving details about his meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Musk Tweeted.

The Facts of the Matter

What happens when two trillion-dollar tech giants meet on crossroads. Surely, it’s like an immovable object meeting an unstoppable force. Something similar was rumoured to go down, after the new Twitter chief Elon Musk complained about Apple, and mentioned that he is willing to ‘go to war’ with the tech giant, that is responsible for the sale of over a billion iPhones across the world.

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What Triggered the Apple – Elon Musk Feud?

It all started when Musk took to Twitter to share a meme which showed he’d rather ‘go to war’ with Apple, than pay 30% tax. In a now deleted tweet, Musk had shared a meme reflecting the forementioned perspective, calling it a “battle for future of civilization”.

Soon, rumours started floating regarding a legal battle between the two tech giants. However, in a drastic U-turn, Musk reported meeting Tim Cook regarding the “misunderstanding”.

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Elon Musk Does a U-Turn

Musk showed a video of him visiting the Cupertino campus, and gave details of his meeting with Tim Cook.

“Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Musk tweeted.

Other Companies have Called Out Apple Before

It should be noted that Musk is not the first person to call out Apple for its policy. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has in the past called out Musk for its “anticompetitive” policies, alleging that its 30% mandatory cut has been the reason Spotify had to “artificially” inflate its prices.

Similarly, Epic Games took Apple to court earlier in 2020 for its app store policies.

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How Donald Trump Changed his Opinions Regarding Apple

While it remains unclear as to what Apple CEO Tim Cook had to tell Elon Musk which made him do a u-turn, it is not the first time Apple has turned things around for itself. Earlier in 2018, Donald Trump had criticized Apple for manufacturing its devices in other countries. Later, Tim Cook travelled to Washington DC, where he was asked to join as the White House advisory, and Trump had put aside his complaints, calling Tim Cook a “great executive”.


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