MAYBE: From Joe Del Bruno's "Why Bob Iger’s Ultimate Power Move May Be Selling Disney to Apple" by The Wrap:
Now that Disney CEO Bob Iger has regained the keys to the Magic Kingdom — less than three years after his chosen successor, Bob Chapek, took over — insiders suspect they know how the beloved executive will find a new way to go out on top during his final two-year stint.
“He’s going to sell the company,” one Disney insider who has worked for Iger predicted. “This is the pinnacle deal for the ultimate dealmaker.”
Landing a deal with Apple (or some other megabuyer) would also cement Iger’s legacy. “I think he’d welcome it — he’d be the last CEO of Disney,” a former top Disney executive told TheWrap, noting that the two companies have “similar brand identities” and could benefit from a merger.
NEVER: From William Gallagher's "Apple will not buy Disney, no matter how often it hears that it will" posted Wednesday by AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs bought Pixar from Lucasfilm because the price was right. Disney bought Pixar because its animation studios were no longer creating the hits that it needed. And then Disney bought Lucasfilm because George Lucas was ready and the price looked good.
So huge companies will buy other huge companies, but only when the price is less than the value they will get from it. Disney is not ready to be part of a larger synergy machine than its own, nor does Apple appear to have any inclination to get into the theme park business, even in part.
Disney is not in a weak enough position to make it a bargain for Apple, nor does it have anything Apple especially needs.
My take: Nothing except a family friendly backlist, starting with Mickey and ending with Pixar.