Originally Posted by geneking7320
What do you think would be the advantage or disadvantage [ to Apple] of spinning off
the design and manufacture of Macs (and only Macs
) to a wholly owned subsidiary?
Would there be advantages or disadvantages to Mac buyers if Apple did so?
Ugh! Another interesting, but really difficult question. Spin off means to make another company, which the parent company may, or may not have enough stock in to control.
I don't think Apple would want to do that. At least, not unless they get so big that there could be a problem with the government.
Otherwise, why would they want to do that? It could be good for the shareholders, if the computer portion of the operations is doing really well at the time. In some cases, companies can be worth more in parts than they are as a whole. It's hard to say if that would be true for Apple though, because of management, which is seen AS the company, not so much the products. How would management be split up if they spun off a portion? I don't know.
Who would run the new "Apple Computer", or whatever they would eventually be called? The same team designs, and no doubt argues over the fine details. They are a finely honed team. Breaking them up could be bad for everyone.