I think THIS is how blackbeard stole Whitebeards Gura Gura no mi abilities. Hear me out, maybe he knew how a devil fruit is born after the user dies and had a fruit on him and it absorbed Whitebeards gura gura no mi powers and he had the cloke so others wouldn't see him eat the fruit to know of how he did it and he ate it, which is how he ackwared Whitebeards powers.
how abput both are true? U know Blackbeard's yami-yami no mi can absorb the powers of living devil-fruit, and he has the "Liberation" techique to puke it all out of his darkness (I have to put it like this cuz i HATE BB so much that i must insult him whenever possible.
So... What if he can absorb the spirit of a devilfruit after the user is dead and release it in another fruit?
I am not sure the Yami-Yami no mi is necesary for this process, but it is an 80% chance it is. (Acording to my gut, of course)
No he ate the candy and than the apple turned into a devil Fruit. Cause smiley turned into smoke before he was near the fruit. Cause I think that fruit might mean that the staw hat crew might get a new member of the crew they are about due for a new one. Cause there crew is missing a logia type.
Unlikley that Crocodile would join permanently to the straw-hats. He doesn't like Luffy THAT much.
Also, most of the crew probabbly hate him now. I've heard that a female Logia will join the crew... Maybe Ivankov will have a duel with Aokiji LOL. Or mayve Crocodile was originally a woman who got genderbend by Ivankov, and that's the secret Ivankov knew, and wich he could use to control Crocodile in Impel Down...
But most probably Baby 5 can join (She rebuilt herself after exploding as a missile) or Monet (Maybe amiracle saved her). I, for one, think that there will be a new character eventually and she'll be a Logia who ends up joining the crew