The tech giant has been at odds with Musk over several issues including climate change and the future of Apple’s iPhone, but a recent New York Times report suggests the relationship is still working for both companies.
The Times report, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, claims Apple and Musk are “on the same page” on the issue of climate change.
The paper’s source said that while the two tech giants have “very different” views on climate change, the two sides are still close.
The report suggests Apple has been “willing to support” the development of an energy-saving power plant in Texas that would reduce CO2 emissions.
Apple, however, has opposed the plan in the past, citing the environmental impacts.
The source said the Apple-Musk relationship could be the “biggest thing going on between Apple” and Musk.
It’s unclear whether the two companies have agreed to a deal in which Apple would buy Tesla for $1.4bn, or if the two parties will still have to meet with the Chinese company to work out a deal.
In October, Musk told Forbes he expected Apple to sell the iPhone business in the next 12 months, as the company would need to be profitable in the near future.
However, the Times report suggested Apple could be looking at selling its electric vehicle business, and instead focus on building out its Apple Watch range of smartwatches, including a smartwatch version of the iPhone.
The tech giant is reportedly working on a new iPhone X, but it is expected to launch at the end of the year, so a move towards the smartwatch market may be coming.