Apple merger/takeover...(by someone else)

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by mmmdreg, Oct 19, 2002.

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    mmmdreg

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    If Apple HAD to get bought by some other company, who would you like it to be? Sony? IBM? Microsoft?
     
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    Sun Baked

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    McDonald's, WalMart, or Chuck E Cheese would probably win the bid...

    Best fit would be IBM. The Apple GUI running on AIX or even a Big Iron savvy version of OS X would really rock, a Apple GUI running on the client end of all IBM machines would make people weep.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    I agree. IBM would be the best. I would much rather a processor company take over Apple...if they had to be taken over at all. God help us, the day that M$ tries to do it.
     
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    Shrek

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    First it was the IBM PC, and now the IBM Macintosh? Hmmm. That could be interesting. ;)

    3 words: IBM IBM IBM
     
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    jefhatfield

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    ibm...yuck...have you seen their industrial design...the worst in the industry
    ***but i like the x-30 laptop tho it's ugly...but great batt. time and under 4 lbs.

    sony could keep the inside and outside of the computers nice to look at and work with

    i could see ibm buying apple and dropping it a few years later...ibm did drop their retail computer division and only kept their online sales dept alive

    sony would more likely keep apple going strong

    if apple's market share doesn't go up, and their cash reserves stay at the dismal 1996-97 levels, and the stock price remains low....then apple will be sold...eventually

    and don't forget steve jobs' best friend larry ellison...he could buy apple during his lunchbreak:p
     
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    medea

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    I think it would be either BMW or the Swatch company........
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    I think I might like to see Sun, if anyone, take over or merge with Apple.
     
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    Vector

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    If i had to choose from one of those companies i would choose ibm. Microsoft and sony would change apple (processors, os). I think that ibm would be willing to let apple have more freedom than the other two would allow. Ibm would change the processor for the better (sony and microsoft would change to intel). Ibm and apple have had a long relationship beginning with the venture capital they gave to apple and now the aim partnership. Ibm has plenty of money so they would not have to lower apple's quality to ensure a profit.
     
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    madamimadam

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    To be truthful, I would not want it to be any of those, I would want it to be me
    ;)
     
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    Shrek

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    LoL
     
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    I'm with u...as soon as the lottery pays off.
     
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    madamimadam

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    I think it would take more than 1 lottery to be able to buy Apple
    :)
     
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    Sun Baked

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    You'd probably be stuck with Gateway if you wanted to use lottery money to buy a computer company.
     
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    I'd love to see Sun and Apple merge. Java > * :)
     
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    medea

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    I'm willing to sell Apple to the right person, and for the right price. I also have a few uninhabited islands and several bridges to sell.........;)
     
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    macktheknife

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    Old joke

    The new company name:

    Sun + Apple = Snapple :D
     
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    wdlove

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    I would rather see Apple purchase IBM or Sun after merging with Pixar!:)
     
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    madamimadam

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    Oh great... so we would get high performance, top class servers that have a look that appeals to the whole family, esp. the children, and a main machine marketed being a computer that looks like a luxo lamp with a swivel head and ads showing it jumping around and ejecting its CD drive as if it were a tounge.................................................. hhhhmmmmmmmm.
    ;) ;)
     
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    If they go into any debt, maybe not. Still, a large holding of the stock would be leverage enough.
     
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    jefhatfield

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    usually on techie sites such as this, i see good tech info but bad financial info

    but what you say is so true but don't expect more than 1% percent of the posters on any tech site, including here, to remotely understand what you are pointing out (which happens to be true)

    ...or for that matter, i wouldn't see a financial based site understand things like level 2 cache or photoshop filters:D ;)
     
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    Steve Jobs, CEO of IBM ?

    I think if IBM takes over Apple, Steve Jobs will be CEO of IBM..
    And if Sun and Apple merges, the combined entity will be known as Apple.. ofcourse, Steve Jobs will be the CEO of combined company..
     
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    Sony would be horrible. Although they make some great products (like video cameras), overall, Sony quality is unreliable.

    IBM isn't a bad match. They would be wise to run Apple as a separate PC division (keeping the name and the brand). With the added research dollars and combined purchasing power, Apple would grow considerably.

    Sun would be good too...What if Apple bought Adobe?
     
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    jefhatfield

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    what planet do you live on?:p

    and where were you before lou gerstner?
     
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    mcrain

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    The best fit is IBM. It's a domestic company with a long standing history. There would be obvious benefits to a merger such as this, so long as Moto doesn't file some suit alleging anti-competition (on chip purchases by IBM-Apple).

    Sony is a Japanese company, BMW is German, Swatch is Swiss I think. The US Government takes technology transfers overseas pretty seriously, and there might be some interesting hangups with a purchase/merger by a foreign company. HP and Compaq had huge anti-competition and shareholder problems when they merged, so they are off the table. Microsoft probably can't buy Apple because of its ongoing federal problems. Gateway, nothing need be said. Motorola? That's the only wild card among the "obvious" potential purchasers/merger candidates.

    IBM's huge enough, and like was said earlier, they make good products, but their industrial design sucks. They also use MS and Intel/AMD chips. Plus, they dropped their retail computer sales. This would allow IBM to again have fantastic well designed machines, control over the chips and OS, as well as a retail presence under a different brand name (similar to Old Navy/Gap).

    Anyway, I don't think it will happen, but if it did, I'd say IBM is the most likely candidate.
     
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    irmongoose

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    Well then, get on with it, you got some 'shplainin to do.



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