I like the idea of Apple acquiring EA, and contrary to what 1Up says, EA has suffered enough lately to make that a bit more viable. Apple could really use some high quality content for the iPhone/touch line of devices (which is now effectively competitive with game platforms like the DS), and perhaps upcoming tablets. -I’m sure Apple think it wonderful to be so successful with the App store, but knowing how Apple values user experience, you’ve got to think that they’d be happier setting some content quality benchmarks on their platforms, as that business grows. And EA nurtures their brand in much the same way that Apple does; so bringing that marque in, and living with it would likely be a happy marriage.
EA is actually in a rough position; unlike Activision/Blizzard and others that have been successful in creating/acquiring succesful alternate distribution and models, they are sort of in the process of another re-start of such efforts. Apple would largely get them out of this bind, as they could grow and learn on Apple’s digital distribution platform from a privileged position, while also growing their IP base and sales generally.