Apple’s cash hoard remains mind-bogglingly strong.
As of the most recent quarter, the company has $146.6 billion in cash, short term and long term securities. It generated $7.8 billion in cash from operations last quarter, which is normally its weakest quarter of the year.
Apple is already giving away much of its cash through dividends and buybacks, which is kinda boring when you get right down to it.
What would be a more interesting use of the cash? We’ve run through some ideas here.
Apple has ~41,000 retail employees around the world. It could give those each one of those hard working people a one time bonus of $3.5 million.
Everyone says Apple needs to be more social. It could be instantly social if it bought Facebook ($63 billion), Twitter ($20 billion takeout?), and LinkedIn ($21 billion).
It could buy HP ($50 billion) and Dell ($24 billion) and shut them down just to have more of the PC market for itself.
Apple wants to disrupt TV, right? So buy the big TV show makers: Time Warner ($58 billion), CBS ($32 billion), 20 First Century Fox ($30 billion).
Actually, Apple's not really interested in content creation. It should just buy Comcast ($118 billion market cap). Then it can improve Comcast's software and deliver an awesome cable experience.
Apple is interested in the car market, so why not buy Tesla, worth $14 billion, and Ford, worth $68 billion, and make an iCar?
It could buy every single NFL, MLB team, and NBA team. Then it would get the TV rights to the games for free for Apple TV.
Apple hates dealing with Samsung. So why not buy TSMC (market cap of $88 billion) to make its own chips, and ditch Samsung.
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