updated 03:05 am EDT, Tue June 19, 2007
Could Google buy Apple?
A lengthy piece in New York Magazine that profiles Steve Jobs, the history Apple Computer Inc. and the current status of Apple Inc. opines that Google will buy Apple. A purported quote from one of Steve Jobs' neighbors reads "I think that Google is going to buy Apple. It would be a victory for Apple; they'd get major-league partners, money, and engineers. And it would be a victory for Steve--a huge win that lets him leave the stage.' The article's author thinks that this speculation is made plausible by the fact that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is now on the Apple board; engineers at the two companies are collaborating on Google Maps for the iPhone; as well as the YouTube deal for Apple TV. "But is there any reason to think that in such a merger Jobs wouldn't wind up as CEO--or, at least, chairman of the board?" the magazine asks.