So Apple is finally confident enough in its own chip design to risk a public headbutt with Intel – if indeed Cook is convinced that sticking with Intel will only share the profits that are now coming only from two assets: software and design – both of which are firmly in Apple’s own hands.

That leaves only Samsung as the provider of key components for numerous devices in Apple’s lineup; they tried taking it to court, but the koreans can laugh off any fine they are slapped with and remember, they hold Apple by the balls with the supply of several key components.

Could Apple buy Samsung outright? Not easy at $202bn at today’s price, but not impossible either – if it wasn’t for antitrust, that is…


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