Tesla poaches Apple VP of Mac Hardware to pursue new vehicles

Tesla Motors has poached from Apple, hiring Doug Field to be its vice-president of vehicle programs - aka the man behind new vehicles.

Field held an important position at Apple, serving as the smartphone/computer giant's VP of Mac design. He was at the Cupertino-based company for five years, after being hired away from a CTO position at Segway. Field also has a past at motor giant Ford, where he got his start in the industry.

“Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple,” said Field in a statement. “I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere."

Given his Segway past, it appears Field has a knack for developing/futuristic technology. Of course, Tesla didn't specify what vehicles Field will be working on specifically. We wonder if he'll be spreading the company past the Model S and Model X to cheaper electric vehicles for the mass market.

"As the first high-tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world - while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley,” Field said.

We've reached out to Apple for comment on Field's departure from the company.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a statement: "Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world. Tesla’s future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world."