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Why Now Is the Right Time for the iPad Mini

When 7-inch tablets first began emerging as competitors tried to take bites out of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) huge slice of tablet market share, Steve Jobs decried the 7-inch tablet as an intrinsically inferior product. Is the release of the iPad Mini a flip-flop for Apple? Has Tim Cook moved against the late Steve Jobs' wishes? Or is the iPad Mini something more, emerging at a time when Apple can meet its own rigorous standards for quality in the 7-inch format? In this segment, Motley Fool analyst Eric Bleeker talks us through why Apple decided it was ready to step into the 7-inch tablet market, and why the world should be thrilled.

Now is a great time for Apple. Not only has the release of the iPad Mini been major, the company has also had another blockbuster release recently: the iPhone 5. The introduction of the iPhone 5 is an event Apple investors eagerly anticipated to for months. The stakes are high and the opportunity is huge, so to help investors understand this epic Apple event, we've just released an exclusive update dedicated to the iPhone 5 launch. By picking up a copy of our premium research report on Apple, you'll learn everything you need to know about the launch, and receive ongoing guidance as key news hits. Claim your copy today by clicking here now.

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  • Report this Comment On November 16, 2012, at 6:43 PM, dwilh51183 wrote:

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) is a cult hit among gadget geeks and investors alike. Of course, that also makes Apple a target for the talking heads that like to sell fear, but the bears couldn't be farther off the mark. With the recent launch of the iPad mini and the iPad 4, this holiday season is shaping up to be one for the record books. In just the first few days, Apple sold 3 million new tablets—blowing the 1 million to 2 million consensus estimate out of the water. And this quarter the Street is calling for 6 million to 8 million units to be sold…and I'm talking about the iPad mini alone. So it's no wonder that 90% of all brokers that cover this stock rate it a buy. With a 1.9% annual dividend yield and an ongoing $10 billion stock buyback program, this is one of the best long-term consumer plays on the market. Buy this Moderately Aggressive stock under $570.

  • Report this Comment On November 17, 2012, at 2:27 AM, chinaman8 wrote:

    @dwilh51183: Agree Apple stock is a strong buy now. The iPhone5 finally got Apple into the 4-inch smartphone market. However, the Samsung Galaxy SIII phone has nearly a 5-inch screen, many people prefer that to the smaller iPhone4/5 screens, and it's become the world's #1 selling smartphone model. The Galaxy SIII even has a 17% higher screen resolution (1280x720) than the bigger and heavier iPad mini (1024x768) so many Galaxy users find they have no need for a iPad or iPad mini tablet. Apple needs to quickly react here and come out with an iPhone5XL larger screen phone, or it will continue to cede many sales to Samsung.

    Just like there's a strong market for both 7-8 inch and 10 inch tablets, there is a strong market for both 4 inch and 5 inch smartphones. Apple needs to be a player in all those markets like Samsung is. One can argue which size is optimal, but in this case we need to let the customer decide as each has different needs and preferences.

    Both Apple and Samsung stocks are strong buys now.

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