Apple to buy ARM for $8 billion?
posted by Alan F. / Apr 21, 2010, 11:10 PM
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If this is indeed true it's DOA. It'll never pass muster in the EU and I'm sure it'll never make it here in the US either.
posted on Apr 21, 2010, 11:36 PM 0
YES!! This is awesome.. Apple will become even stronger then before! :D
posted on Apr 21, 2010, 11:59 PM 0
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EVERY PHONE MANUFACTURER USES ARM CPU. IF EVIL APPLE ACQUIRED ARM, APPLE ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT ALLOW COMPETITORS TO USE ITS CPU. AND SIMPLY THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF MOBILE PHONE INDUSTRY. THE TECHNOLOGY WILL GROW VERY SLOWLY. COMPETITION IS NOT GOOD FOR BUSINESS, BUT IT IS GOOD FOR US, "CONSUMERS".
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 4:26 AM 0
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I'm thinking Steve Jobs was talking and surfing at the same time trying to figure out how to multitasking and almost accidently bought a company. Good thing for spotty AT&T Coverage his call dropped before he could complete the transaction.
posted on Apr 23, 2010, 3:11 AM 0
Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 24, 2009
These Apple fan boys have no idea what a move like this would do to the industry... stop looking at the short term however look at the long term effect it could have on the industry, however it could actually back fire on apple as all the main companies which use ARM for chips have deep pockets and might form a new chip company of their own that will completely blow ARM away... the old saying goes you can buy a company but that doesn't mean you've bought the people, with out people to drive your company forwards what do you have???
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 4:34 AM 0
although competition is good this would be a downright monopoly and would NEVER be allowed by any sane over sight committee. nice try cr@pple. interesting how this comes at a time when HTC has caught up and beaten the $hitPhone.
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 5:42 AM 0
Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010
aww come on apple... Buy the company so you can release 2 devices every 3 years as opposed to the 30+ that come from all the other collective manufactures? You guys really dont like anyone else to have good things, huh?
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 8:24 AM 0
Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009
They gonna take the $8 billion you'd be a fool not to....apple could buy the rights to all apple trees in the world if they wanted to lol
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 8:43 AM 0
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This would be rediculous if they allowed apple to do so. It would be in direct violation of monopoly laws. Of course, with obama as president, the laws dont seem to matter much, so it will probably happen. Maybe apple will make a million dollar illegal donation to obama the way goldman sachs did. of course, this would depend on which % of chips ARM supplies the world of cellphones and gadgets with. There is also the Snapdragon and other processors out there. ARM does more middle of the road stuff... so this move could just force companies to use more high end snapdragons (which are going to 1.5gh this year not like the .6gh ARM the iphone runs on) and whatever else comes out, and totally backfire on Apple.. which id die laughing :)
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 11:11 AM 0
Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008
lol..sounds like an MS domination move!
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 11:20 AM 0
Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010
$8 billion is an insult for the future potential of ARM. ARM needs to be smart enough about this and not letting Apple to do the evil decision. Apple just gets really greedy now... maybe that's why I am gradually sailing away from Apple
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 2:02 PM 0
Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010
htc and other phone companys that use arm chips will have no choice but to make there own chip manufacturer cause you know if apple buys arm they will say if its not an apple product you will get the slower chips then our products and they probly will suck all the life out of the batteries battery life.
posted on Apr 22, 2010, 9:58 PM 0
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This just in from FIERCEWIRELESS.com: ARM Holdings dismissed recent market rumors that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) might be considering a bid a for the company. The rumors, which first began circulating in the London Evening Standard, said Apple was considering a bid because it wanted to bring more chip expertise in-house. ARM licenses chip designs to semiconductor companies including Qualcomm (NSYE:QCOM) and Texas Instruments, and an ARM-based processor is in Apple's iPhone. Apple purchased silicon firm PA-Semiconductor in 2008 for $280 million as part of its efforts to build specialized chip components for its products. The market chatter pushed ARM's shares to an eight-year high yesterday. However, ARM CEO Warren East subsequently cooled the issue by noting the economics of such a deal simply do not make sense. East said ARM's market capitalization of around $4.6 billion represented a major obstacle for a company to try and buy ARM when it could just license ARM's designs instead. "Exciting though it is to have the share price pushed up by these rumours, common sense tells us that our standard business model is an excellent way for technology companies to gain access to our technology," East told the Guardian. "Nobody has to buy the company." An Apple spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple is sitting on a cash hoard of $41.7 billion, which could have been a factor in sparking the market rumors. However, any bid for ARM would likely run into a host of challenges, since ARM supplies designs for many of Apple's direct mobile phone competitors.
posted on Apr 23, 2010, 12:25 PM 0
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