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Apple and Innovation

Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) is one of the most innovative companies to ever exist. That has been a blessing for shareholders, who have enjoyed a 6,000% gain over the last decade.

But what does the need to innovate mean going forward? The answer may not be a clear as you think. In this video, Fool analysts Morgan Housel and Austin Smith discuss the difference between a company that constantly needs to innovate versus those with boring products that rarely change.

There's no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology's largest revolution ever, and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded. However, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool's senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.

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  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 2:33 PM, TMFDarwood11 wrote:

    One thing for investors to consider is "the law of diminishing returns."

    AAPL was a great integrator. it studied the inventions at HP, Xerox, and so on and then put them together.

    The Newton was despised by the intelligentsia and the Applephiles, yet it actually formed the basis for the iPhone which was a marriage of the PDA and the cellphone.

    Today, a lot of investors are waiting for the next great thing from AAPL.

    With a management team that gets a "standard" rating according to some metrics, I do have to wonder about the future of AAPL. Will it be another Xerox or Microsoft? I suspect that a "Microsoft future" is more likely. After all, with iTunes and $170 Billion a company can hang on for a long, long time. History has taught us that.

    For example, a lot of early buyers of MSFT stock aren't complaining, not with a yield of 3% annually.

  • Report this Comment On November 06, 2013, at 6:22 PM, jackall wrote:

    Interesting... I guess this is what TOTNERS is also saying with downward trend.

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