Apple might be the most important aggressive threat that Tesla may face within the close to time period, Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster mentioned in a current interview about “Apple Automobile” rumors.

In a dialog with CNET’s Brian Cooley, Munster mentioned that “it’s extremely clear Apple has ambitions to construct a automobile.” Munster, a co-founder and accomplice at Loup Ventures, mentioned that this intention wasn’t clear six months in the past.

Now, nevertheless, Munster says he’s stunned that Tesla shares have not been extra negatively impacted by rumors of “Apple Automobile” growth ramping up. He is additionally stunned that Apple shares have not surged due to it. “I feel Apple is Tesla’s largest competitor,” Munster mentioned.

Regardless of that, Munster mentioned, he believes that each firms can coexist in a future auto market. Each Apple and Tesla have the potential to noticeably damage present automakers, and Munster thinks the “subsequent wave” of transportation will come from the know-how trade. “Which means Apple goes to be a competitor to Tesla, which means Tesla must determine this out,” Munster mentioned.

The Loup Ventures accomplice predicts that, a decade from now, Tesla may have 25% of the worldwide electrical automobile market share. Apple, he provides, may have 5%, 10%, or 15% of the market.

Munster additionally performed down hypothesis that Tesla and Apple may ever merge, claiming that each firms are too unrelenting with regards to management of their very own merchandise.

So far as why Apple would need to enter the automobile trade, the analyst says that it is the addressable market. “It is orders of magnitude bigger than something Apple’s gone after earlier than. What retains tech firms awake at evening is progress,” he mentioned.

And even supposing earlier talks between Apple and automaker companions have reportedly fizzled out, Munster believes that is not going to vary the Cupertino tech big’s thoughts on the matter.

“We do not have a signed cope with any automaker, however that doesn’t change this path that Apple goes,” Munster mentioned.