Matt Richman argues that Intel is a natural fit to manufacture ARM CPUs for Apple:
This arrangement would benefit both companies in a number of ways.
Apple would no longer depend upon Samsung, its biggest competitor,
to produce the chips at the heart of its most successful products.
(This is analogous to America asking China to build its most
advanced missiles and hoping the country won’t use any of the
top-secret technology it learns about for its own benefit when
it’s clearly in China’s best interest to do so.) And because Intel
has manufacturing capabilities that other companies don’t, Apple
might well be able to create better chips than it would be able to
if it were to continue using Samsung as its chip manufacturer.
Finally, the company would have peace of mind knowing that its
chip producer doesn’t stand to gain anything from a processor
shortfall, as Samsung does. Even if the factory were to cost $5
billion — and it wouldn’t — it’d be worth it. Steve Jobs said
Apple’s cash hoard is for “big, bold” “strategic opportunities”.
This move exemplifies that thinking.