If you haven’t already, check out New York Magazine’s profile of Steve Jobs. Most of it is a rehash of former events leading up to the D: All Things Digital conference last month. And then there is this little tidbit:

“I think that Google is going to buy Apple,” this person says. “It would be a victory for Apple; they’d get major-league partners, money, and engineers. And it would be a victory for Steve—a huge win that lets him leave the stage.”

The speculation about Google has a ring of plausibility. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is now on the Apple board; engineers at the two companies are collaborating on Google Maps for the iPhone; and then there’s the YouTube deal for Apple TV.

So, if that happens–and I doubt it will, but still–do we get to see a Bowman vs. Nixon showdown?