So far, this is just speculation, but considering our recent editorial, it seemed too good to pass up. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Peter Misek, an analyst with Canaccord Capital Inc., who last year accurately predicted a partnership between RIM and Intel, is making whispers about a possible RIM/Apple venture. Misek also said that senior executives at Intel have recommended that Apple work with RIM.
The potential result of such a partnership is fairly staggering: an Apple designed cellphone or iPod combined with RIM’s “push” email technology (less likely) or iTunes running on RIM’s upcoming ‘lifestyle’ BlackBerry (more likely).
Potential hangups? Well, the CEOs of both RIM and Apple are not likely willing to give up final design decisions on their respective babies, the BlackBerry and iPod. Apple’s lack of success with the co-developed Motorola ROKR is partially due to both companies attempting compromise on hardware that left the device somewhat lacking. Still, the mere thought of such a device is, how you say, titillating.