Why Elon Musk could be forced to build a smartphone

Rumors of Apple and Google banning Twitter from their App store could trigger Musk to develop a smartphone – and the controversial tech genius says he’s ready.

Tesla Model Pi Phone

Elon is no stranger to innovation. He is the founder of SpaceX, The Boring Company, and Neuralink. He has also had tremendous success as the CEO of Tesla, which propelled him to the top of the billionaires’ list.

Investors who placed their faith in Elon Musk and his innovative capabilities have been handsomely rewarded. Over the last five years, Tesla increased in value by over 760%, handily beating investing in the S&P 500, which rose only 55%.

The Tesla smartphone has been the subject of rumors since March 2022, primarily driven by unofficial mockups on YouTube and Twitter.

Back in 2020, Musk squashed rumors of him creating a smartwatch and phone in a tweet, citing them as “yesterday’s technology.” Musk did hint, “Neuralinks are the future,” indicating that the current technology platforms are no longer at the cutting edge.

Only when Tesla confirms details about the Pi Phone will there be a reason to believe in its existence. The rumors list multiple features that read like science fiction:

  • Controlled by thoughts using Neuralink
  • Charging via a transparent solar panel on the back of the device
  • Starlink connection for the smartphone

The technology for some of the features has yet to be ready for mass production.

Musk is notoriously secretive, so it’s not unlikely that a Tesla Model Pi could appear in the next few years.

Since smartphones are still making a lot of money and Tesla is one of the most popular tech companies, there could be high demand for a Tesla smartphone.

The Pi phone is highly unlikely soon. However, Musk might be forced to create a simpler smartphone version if Apple and Google boot Twitter from their app store. In response to Liz Wheeler, Musk tweeted, “I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”

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