Originally Posted by drobforever
If Apple tries too hard, Apple will lose the Korea market, so I just don't think Apple wants to fight till the end. All these are just actions to try to have more leverage when negotiating a settlement.
Let's see - lose the Korean market vs lose 1/2 of your business in the rest of the world? Hmmmm.
Of course, that even assumes that Apple would lose the Korean market. What makes you think that would be the case? In all likelihood, Apple betting the tar out of Samsung might reduce the iPhone's market share in Korea slightly, but not much.
Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Samsung's market cap as of April/10 was $111B. I didn't see a more recent valuation in a quick Google search, but shouldn't be too hard to find.
BTW, It would be pretty tough for Apple to actually use that $60B in cash it has stashed. Much of it is is being kept overseas with no US taxes paid on it. Make a deal here that they need it for and now the US Government comes knocking for their piece.
Maybe you failed geography, but Samsung is a Korean company - which is outside the U.S. Apple could easily use their money for that.
And $60 B in cash is probably more than enough to buy Samsung. They could easily borrow a large chunk of the cost and could undoubtedly come up with more than enough.
Not that it would make any sense, but it's well within the realm of what Apple could accomplish.