With no good rumours to go on, no new hardware, no new iLife, the Apple rumour mill goes into overdrive.
I think this a fairly unlikely thing. Google needs a hardware and consumer appliance manufacturer like Apple needs to get into the catering business. The Google business model is all about making the operating system irrelevant. Everything lives in the cloud delivered for free with some targeted advertising. Buying a hardware company makes very little sense in that world. It’s also a crazy low-margin business. It would drag Google’s profitability down in a serious way.
Dell or Sony makes a lot more sense as a partner if Apple was really an acquisition target.