will they paint them all white and double the price?
i don't think Apple could restrict the market to other hardware vendors too much without stifling ARMs development.
many of the current ARM cores were developed by licensees of ARM technology rather than by the ARM parent company.
Apple currently only use a tiny percentage of the ARM cores sold so unless they are willing to kill their investment and leave themselves without developers of future processors.
from a strategic point it is very interesting though.
most modern phones are using an ARM processor.
if WikipediA are to be believed: "As of 2007, about 98 percent of the more than one billion mobile phones sold each year use at least one ARM processor." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture
Apple currently have a nice section of the top end phone and hand-held device market.
if Apple buy ARM they will have a hand in 98 percent of the entire mobile phone market.
why worry about Android if you can just buy the company that makes the parts and have a share of the profits?