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Heh! Of course, I had to chime in, given the fairly implausible nature of many of the suggestions.. Wired had a little article noting Apple's sitting on a $25b cash pile these days, and posited possible acquisitions, inviting readers to suggest their own.

So.. can you guess which was mine?

FWIW, I'd be surprised if they made any large purchases, even with the current financial climate favoring buyers - it's not something the company tends to indulge in, preferring mostly quite specific pickups like the app that became iTunes, or Raycer, whose low power 3D graphics expertise likely found its way into the iPhone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well, the only real choices are Sony, Walt Disney or Dell, and I can't see them buying Dell. Sony makes sense as a peripheral company for Apple and for the gaming systems. Walt Disney is almost theirs now by way of Pixar.

They can't buy Microsoft because Microsoft has more money than they do and isn't interested in being bought - if anything, if it weren't for anti-competition issues, it would be more likely that Microsoft would buy Apple.

Of the list they offer:

Companies that are large enough to resist and aren't interested in being bought: EA, AutoDesk, Nintendo, Amazon, Google... etc

Akami makes sense. AMD and/or nVidia also makes a kind of sense - but Apple doesn't need to have an inhouse CPU/GPU maker. They can get Intel and AMD to do that for them for free. Maybe if AMD tanks a bit more though.

I don't think Apple could pull off AT&T and they'd have to deal with the regulatory nightmare that would come with that. Apple's not good at complying with regulations.

In fact, it's far more likely that Apple won't acquire anyone to large, but will pick up a few small companies with expertise in specific areas that Apple is weak in.