It’s not entirely clear if this is an excuse for a pun, a bold call for disgruntled workers to tell the tale, or a way to highlight a new vehicle launch. But one thing is for sure: the Tesla Cyberwhistle already exists.
The limited-edition stainless steel whistle (below) appeared in Tesla’s online store on Tuesday.
Here’s the accompanying blurb for the $ 50 product: “Inspired by Cybertruck, the Limited Edition Cyberwhistle is a premium collectible made from medical grade stainless steel with a polished finish. The whistle includes a built-in clamping feature for added versatility. “
Tesla introduced the futuristic-looking Cybertruck in 2019, but production delays mean it’s unlikely to hit the road until 2022 at the earliest.
Within hours of the Cyberwhistle going on sale, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted a link to your store page, along with the message: “Give Tesla the whistle!”
In a subsequent tweet to his 65 million followers, he wrote: “Don’t waste your money on that silly Apple Cloth, buy our whistle!” Musk was referencing Apple’s $ 19 polishing cloth, released by the tech giant in October before selling out quickly.
Don’t waste your money on that silly Apple Cloth, buy our whistle instead!
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 1, 2021
It’s unclear why Musk targeted Apple in his tweet, though Tesla’s boss has done some digging at the company in the past.
In 2015, for example, he said that for Apple’s rumored electric car project, the tech giant hires the people Tesla has laid off. “We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’ If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go to work at Apple, “Musk said, adding,” I’m not kidding. “
He also referred to the iPhone maker earlier this year when he called Apple’s fees for App Store purchases a “de facto global tax on the Internet.”
In another apparent dig, Musk accused Apple CEO Tim Cook of refusing to meet with him to discuss the possibility of selling Tesla to Apple when the automaker was struggling a few years ago.
As for wacky products, Elon Musk clearly likes to drop them every now and then. Last year, for example, Tesla launched the “Teslaquila” drink, while in 2018 Musk’s Boring Company left a lot of people speechless when it started selling a flamethrower.