News reports about Apple getting into the car business were the talk of Detroit and Silicon Valley last week. Many in Detroit think the maker of the iPhone is biting off more than it can chew. Many in Silicon Valley think an Apple car would be better than anything coming out of Detroit.
Jokesters on the Internet also had a field day. The satire website The Onion quipped that the rumored Apple car would be "compatible with most major roads," with wheels that turn into "rainbow pinwheels" every time it stalls.
Here are some of the most pointed takes:
"[Apple had] better think carefully if they want to get into the hard-core manufacturing. We take steel, raw steel, and turn it into car. They have no idea what they're getting into if they get into that."
-- Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson, to Bloomberg
"It took Detroit's collective genius approximately two decades to realize that festooning their jalopies with all manner of chrome doodads was passé. [Apple designers] Jony Ive and Marc Newson would annihilate the lot of them with ease."
"Tesla is an amazing company, but if a raw startup can create a killer new car, of course Apple can create a killer new car if it wants to."
-- Venture capitalist and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, on Twitter (@pmarca)
"As far as Apple burning bridges with Detroit, who cares? What are GM and Ford going to do, make a smartphone?"
-- Navigant battery analyst Sam Jaffe, on Twitter (@samjaffe)