We’ve heard suggestions numerous times over the last year or so that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should buy Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), and now we know why. A report from the San Francisco Chronicle indicates that Apple actually met Tesla CEO Elon Musk nearly a year ago.

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Apple talks merger with Tesla

According to the article, Adrian Perica, who is in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), met with Musk last spring. The writers claim that the secret meeting was held “around the same time analysts suggested Apple acquire the electric car giant.”

German analyst Adnaan Ahmad wrote a letter to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook and Al Gore, who serves on the company’s board, pushing for the company to acquire Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) in October. The secret meeting between Apple and Tesla reportedly came about six months before that letter. The newspaper’s source didn’t say what kind of reaction Musk had to the alleged acquisition offer or what kind of valuation either side might have suggested.

Many people have drawn comparisons between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). One of the more recent comparisons was how Elon Musk runs Tesla and how similar his management style is to the way Steve Jobs’ management style was at Apple. Others have noticed that the fans of both companies seem to have quite a bit in common.

Apple also said to be exploring medical devices

The newspaper also reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been exploring the world of medical devices, especially in terms of sensor technology. This is also something we have heard recently, as the tech company looks for ways to capitalize on the wearable devices market, which many are sure will become a huge industry.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s particular interest is said to be in trying to predict heart attacks before they happen by listening to the sounds made by blood as it flows through someone’s arteries.