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New York Mag: Could Google buy Apple?

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. seamuskrat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New York Magazine

    Its the New York magazine not New Yorker. Similar name but different.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think

    someone's smoking too much crack at the New Yorker or is really really really bored.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes, that's right! It's gots to be true, because, as we know, A purported quote from one of Steve Jobs' neighbors

    And after that, is this a member of the board, or someone in business who has knowledge of what's going on? Or is it that, if they couldn't get Steve's barber, they asked his neighbors for an opinion. (And then took the opinion other then "I can't stand living next to that guy. There's this glow coming from his house every night from his RDF, so bright you'd think its daylight or something. I can't sleep!"

  1. DocZ

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better not...

    Google is most probably not my friend. The company's information monopoly is the most scary and dangerous thing since the invention of the atomic bomb. They could already now change the whole world's information flow almost as they like--heavily influencing the sciences, global economy, and politics, and so on. (Not to speak of what will possible in the near future if Google grows at that rate.)

    If Google buys Apple, I'll switch to GNU/Linux. Take my word for it.

  1. Noscito

    Joined: Dec 1969


    they got strong arguments

    If you want to pull off a merger that size you need to have strong arguments: 1. For Steve to be able to quit work 2. For Apple to get cash... (they are so poor they need cash asap) 3. For Apple to get more engineers (like Microsoft, they proved that more engineers means better and faster software) hmm I'm not conviced, but I bet stakeholders are persuaded right away....

  1. Cubester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ask your neighbors

    I asked mine, and they didn't have a clue.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969



    google is platform independent, they don't need to be tied to apple. This would be like shell oil announcing they're buying BMW. apple is cash-rich. google is cash-rich. no reason to merge, not even from the stockholders' standpoint. if apple wants to leverage their work with google, start by (1) using the ad power and (2) pushing QT as the google / youtube default format rather than flash-first (shudder) the only thing google would like from apple is their past two years' share growth. the only thing apple wants from google is their share price. putting the two companies together at this point does not result in a company with the past two years' growth and today's share price. everything they want from each other can be done as partners without betting the company on an industry as capricious as tech. just ask time warner.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: nonsense

    totally agree, just partnering is much better for now. Its a whole other matter when the two company's get about the same size, a merger wouldn't be so bad then and Steve can safely retire. The iPhone and osX on PC can make this happen!

  1. Hugmup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I don't see how either company would benefit from such a deal. Apple doesn't need a cash infusion, and Google is doing fine. The deal would only introduce risk.

    However, if Google were to buy Apple, they'd make it an autonomous subsidiary. Otherwise they'd be killing the goose that laid the golden egg, and business is all about golden eggs. That means it would have zero impact on Apple's customers.

  1. whelkboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Off topic

    I don't normally comment off topic but does anybody else find those Orange adverts setting the scroll every ten seconds or so really INFURIATING.

    If these adverts stay, I'm not going to be reading MacNN for a while. :o(

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