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Tesla design chief says Apple products are “just a slight refinement on the same thing”

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Tesla’s Senior Design Executive Franz von Holzhausen recently chastised tech behemoth Apple, claiming that the company’s products are “just a slight refinement on the same thing.”

According to AppleInsider, in a recent interview with Spike’s Car Radio, the Holzhausen took shots at Apple, implying that the company isn’t breaking any ground with its product design.

“The sad part about Apple products now is like there’s nothing to look forward to. I feel like it’s just a continuation,” Holzhausen was quoted as saying.

“It’s just a slight refinement on the same thing,” Holzhausen added.

Additionally, Holzhausen said that “inspirationally, it’s been hard to get super motivated by what they’re doing”.

The Tesla design chief did acknowledge that he wears an Apple Watch, but said he only does so “because of the fitness thing side to it”.

“Otherwise I haven’t really found much purpose to (the Apple Watch), other than the fitness part,” he said.

After working for Mazda, General Motors, and Volkswagen, Holzhausen joined Tesla in 2008. He was in charge of design on the Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, and Cybertruck.

This isn’t the first time a Tesla executive has made a dig at Apple. Back in 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to Apple as the “Tesla graveyard,” claiming that former Tesla employees end up there if they “don’t make it.”


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