The rumor that Apple is looking to buy Arm has been given more fuel in the last few days and after Apple posted its best ever earnings yesterday and now has nearly $42 billion in cash and has already aggressively invested in companies that research and develop CPUs and related products.
Nearly all companies that make a low-power chips licenses some ARM IP with only Intel on the outside. ARM’s shares experienced a rise of around 3% due to the escalating rumors.
If Apple was to buy ARM the competition authorities would defiantly not allow Apple to restrict ARM IP to the rest of the industry. Apple would then have to start supplying ARM IP licensing to all it competitors.
Only time will tell as to whether the rumor will turn into reality and Apple may decide to just by a significant minority shareholding.