Apple has 137 Billion dollars cash sitting in the banks. One way to deploy its cash is to buy its supply chain - the companies that supply Apple with the raw materials for all its fabulous devices. CRUS would be the first purchase since CRUS is an important supplier with excellent rappot with Apple. Apple and CRUS have had a very strong relationship for many years. It could shell out 2.5 Billion and purchase a premier audio chip supplier - the designs would be more integrated, the uncertainty of component delivery times and volumes associated with an external supplier would be more manageable and it would have more control over the product cycles.
Apple may already be thinking of stock buybacks and assuming control of its supply chain. That would be a fantastic way to spend the money overflowing its coffers.
I don't think so either. Apple does not have a history of making such purchases. Well, okay, one. Would CRUS buy the fabrication plants that make the chips for them? NO. Apple needs to be as nimble as possible. They'll buy the equipment that CRUS's fab plant needs to produce more chips, but they won't buy CRUS or the plant itself - that's just a management headache they don't need.