Apple has hired former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering Chris Porritt, according to Electrek. The hire comes as Apple continues to work in secret on the "Project Titan" Apple Car, their own internal automotive project.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk joked in late 2015 that he called Apple the "Tesla graveyard", and that Apple was firing the engineers and executives that Tesla had fired. He later clarified that he doesn't hate Apple and is glad they're getting into electric automobiles.
Porritt formerly worked at Aston Martin and helped to create the V12 Zagato, DB9, and the utterly breathtaking Aston Martin One-77, and was hired to Tesla in 2013. According to a Tesla spokesperson, he left the Palo Alto automaker in September 2015. Not coincidentally, the man overseeing Apple's EV ambitions — Steve Zadesky, a 16-year company veteran — left Apple in January of this year.
Replacing Porrit at Tesla was Steve MacManus as the new VP of Vehicle Engineering. In what's likely just a coincidence, MacManus also came to Tesla from Aston Martin.