Though there is no official comment from Apple Inc., sources close to the Cupertino based electronics manufacturer have stated the Apple is closely eyeing an investment opportunity in it's fable rival. "It appears that Apple may be eyeing a full cash/stock purchase of Dell" an unnamed analyst was quoted as saying. After several years of strong iPod sales and increasing Mac sales have driven Apple's cash reserve.
Dell which has been suffering lately in service and distribution recently re-obtained the leadership of founder Michael Dell in effort to reenergize the company. Dell and Apple C.E.O. Steve Jobs have historically not seen eye to eye. In 1997, when Apple was facing a similar crisis and Jobs returned to the company, Dell was quoted saying, "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders," regarding Apple.
Insiders believe Apple will less than slowly ween Dell customers from Windows to OS X. "The plan is sell and support Windows for 6 months to a year, then continue Windows support for another year, and then it's OS X all the way," said an unnamed source. Current Apple computers have the ability to boot both operating systems, and it is likely this technology will carry over to Apple Dell.
It is unclear where design of Dell will go. It is unlikely Jonathan Ives will be moving from Apple to Apple Dell, however he will likely have input in new products for both divisions.
Apple which has in recent years introduced the entry level Mac Mini, and is rumored to be releasing the MacBook Mini, an entry level subcompact notebook, could release Dell branded versions in an attempt to utilize the notoriety of the Dell brand amongst Windows users.