Apple to buy Facebook?

In David Fincher's smash hit movie Justin Timberlake, playing the part of Sean Parker, says: "A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars".

We at Pocket-lint say, "A billion dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? 51 billion dollars".

And that's exactly what Apple has, sitting in the bank right now.

Now, you may have read Pocket-lint's brilliant feature - What Apple could do with all its money - where we had a guess at what Jobs and his Cupertino posse could do with all that moolah.

But not even we could imagine that Facebook could be bought by the computer giant. But, according to technology commentators - that may well be exactly what Apple has in mind.

Peter Kafka of All Thing's D speculates that Apple might have Facebook in its sights. When discussing what Apple is going to do with that great big pile of cash, Kafka said:

"Feel free to throw your own guesses in, but I’ll kick off with my own: It’s a company that has yet to compete with or brush up against Apple in any significant way. And it’s one that Apple seems unlikely to be able to move aside, even if it wanted to. And it’s one that’s already competing directly with Google, which has to make Jobs like it even more".

Jobs and Zuckerberg have also been dinner dating as of late, if reports are to be believed. And the Apple CEO did state: "We strongly believe that one or more very strategic opportunities may come along that we're in a unique opportunity to take advantage of because of our cash".

It would definitely be a shock move. But it would also be one that made sense. After all, with Cupertino Computers' record of turning a profit from apps, and Facebook apps enjoying only paltry success for what is a potentially huge platform, it wouldn't be too wild an assumption to presume that maybe Apple fancies a crack at its huge customer base.

Could we be seeing iFacebook soon? We might well be.

What do you lot think? Could Apple really take over the social networking giant.