Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Feb 2006 19:12 UTC
Apple "With the success of the iPod and Apple's bulging bank balance, the time has never been better for Apple to grow itself through acquisition. The thought that Apple might be interested in purchasing the struggling PDA manufacturer Palm has been floating around for a while. Steve Jobs even tried to purchase the company in the late 90s, according to the San Jose Mercury News. However, the rumor has recently gained some traction with the call by multiple investors for Palm to sell itself. Also, some key Palm employees, such as co-founder and former company president Donna Dubinsky, have previously worked with Apple."
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by Jimmy on Fri 10th Feb 2006 05:41 UTC
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Why would Apple want to buy Palm? I understand the whole "Make iPod a PDA" agenda, but why choose Palm? Palm's OS is fine and dandy to look at, but it has its problems and limitations. Apple could build their own OS quickly, with their own goals in mind...

...but then again, why would Apple want to get into the PDA business (a very small market), when they are in a market that they practically dominate (mp3 players). Lots of other companies went to the PDA business, and within a few years exited. Sony quit making their Clie brand in America, and there are rumors that Dell might cut the cord on their PDA line. It just doesn't make sense for Apple to plunge into the PDA market.

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