Apple Buys Intel

April 29th, 2013

Jean-Louis Gassée:

Some read the decision to return gobs of cash to shareholders as an admission of defeat. Apple has given up making big moves, as in one or more big acquisitions.
I don’t agree: We ought to be glad that the Apple execs (and their wise advisers) didn’t allow themselves to succumb to transaction fever, to a mirage of ego aggrandizement held out by a potential “game changing” acquisition.

Yep. Large acquisitions are very, very hard. Apple’s discipline with its cash is one of its finer qualities.