Even if the rumors are true, an acquisition of ARM by Apple would certainly cause even the SEC to sit up and take notice, let alone the Justice Department. Nevertheless, here are a few observations from TechCrunch that make such a move seem fiendishly clever and maybe even worth a try.
And if they did this, it would mean that almost all of Apple’s main competitors would likely have to find new chips to power their devices. While ARM doesn’t make the chips itself, it licenses out its technology to others who make the chips that go into Nokia, Sony, Samsung, HTC, and many, many other phones. This includes the iPhone and even the iPad, whose custom A4 chip is still based on ARM architecture.
Apple bought chipmaker PA Semi back in 2008. That acquisition led to the
development of the A4 chip. But that acquisition also led to the
departure of key team members from the PA Semi team, who left to form a
new company, Agnilux, which Google