What's Next for Apple?

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) beat estimates in reporting fiscal Q2 earnings this week, but guidance came in light, as CEO Tim Cook refused to be pinned down on when to expect new products from the Mac maker.

The stock continues to suffer from a lack of catalysts. No new iPhones, iPads, or Macs are in the works that we know of, nor is there news of anything truly groundbreaking. Like Oz, everything that has a chance of being magical is hidden behind a curtain somewhere, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following interview with The Motley Fool's Erin Miller.

Today's investors also face the prospect of BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) aggressively battling for a greater share of the mobile market, which puts pressure on Apple to come up with a low-cost iPhone, Tim says.

Meanwhile, the variety and choices available in digital streaming suggest the time is ripe for a TV breakthrough. If and when it comes, it'll bring with it the excitement Apple investors have been waiting for.

When will Apple thrill consumers again? Please watch this short video to get Tim's full take, and then leave a comment to let us know whether you'd buy, sell, or short Apple stock now, and why.

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  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 1:53 PM, itsells wrote:

    I would be buying Apple if I had the money to invest. The PE of this company is an extreme value and bargain. If Apples historic PE were 16 then You'd be looking at $700 Price. The good news is already coming out. The stock bottomed. Investors and funds are buying again. Time to buy folks. Don't get caught missing this next wave of price increases. This one coukd go sky high. If you want to retire comfortably and financially free; buy now.

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 2:25 PM, SATXUSA wrote:

    Its going to be awesome when they release another world changing gadget

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 2:42 PM, Oril wrote:

    Apple reminds me of Nortel in its heyday. Another one trick pony that was blowing billions on things like corporate headquarters while analysts were telling people to take out second mortgages on their homes to buy more stock. It all ended up with investors on the streets, bankrupt courts and managers walking away with all the money.

    Apple cane from nothing and isreturning to nothing.

    It doesn't even know what it is, it now thinks its a phone company. So was Nortel.

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 3:56 PM, TIMNPAWC wrote:

    Why would anyone buy Apple in the next 90 days. Stock has not shown a bottoming out and would still be in 300s if it were not for buy back and dividend. They just told us nothing would happen for at least 4 months. That means 5S is dead and they are now focusing on 6? They better not release 5S in September or stock will be into 200s! Samsung Galaxy S4 is not getting good reviews, and is late. This would have been a great time for an Apple product. Nokia is starting to right it's ship but is probably 2 quarters away from making money and taking relevant market share. That leaves BlackBerry, which seems to be in a position to take relevant market share from everybody, with two phones out and four more to come. Could be wrong but betting that I am not.

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 5:13 PM, TIMNPAWC wrote:

    Tim Cook is 2nd most influential man in world?

    How many people even know who he is outside of Apple followers and tech followers. Nobody. Apple obviously is well known, but Tim Cook? Please. Jobs is a different story but still only relevant in certain circles.

    Microsoft has changed the world in both personal and business worlds.

    Apple has changed the world in personal only.

    There are many companies who can say they have changed the world in one area or the other.

    In tech, companies like Sony, Oracle, Dell, IBM, CISCO have all changed the world and how we do or buy things.

    Had Apple made the right choice and resold the OS instead of thinking the hardware was the key back in 90s, Apple would have been Microsoft and ruled the Enterprise world for 20 years plus the personal!

    Had Apple listended more when they were #1 and growing, they would not have been in the position they now find themselves in. Same can be said for many, many other tech firms, Nortel, BlackBerry, Palm, Motorola, Company, Digital, Cray, Sun, etc etc etc!!!

    The market is changing. Apple better too!

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 5:37 PM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    @BBRYRulesSupreme,

    Much as I respect your right to expound about the virtues of the BlackBerry, please remember that isn't isn't some random message board.

    Civil debate is what we engage in here, and we expect common courtesy from everyone.

    Thanks much,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 5:52 PM, TMFMileHigh wrote:

    >>Much as I respect your right to expound about the virtues of the BlackBerry, please remember that isn't isn't some random message board.

    Duh. I meant to say that *this* isn't a random message board. Sorry about that.

    Foolish best,

    Tim

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  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 8:28 PM, TIMNPAWC wrote:

    Fingerprint is the world's best security? Not even close. It was replaced long ago with retina and many others. Today for real security, we use a mapping of your blood flow as it cannot be copied like fingerprint. Fingerprint is an option for mobile computing when required to provide a 3rd or 4th level of authentication. .

    Works flows and networks optional? You have all sorts of information here but obviously have no clue what you are talking about. The world is moving to a cloud based state where much of the "Compute" is done in the cloud.

    The only way this works is with high speed networks, both wireless and wireline.

    Get ready for mobile computing, one of the evolved subsets of the direction towards cloud computing.

    And thus enters BB10, built for mobile computing, which IOS is not. Apple needs to increase R & D spending and purchase some code in order to catch up.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 8:34 PM, TIMNPAWC wrote:

    It is interesting that you think IOS and fingerprint technology is game changing.

    Motorola A trip already has the ready but not in the back button which will never be reliable. IBM think pads had it ten years ago. This technology is old news.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 8:40 PM, TIMNPAWC wrote:

    Apple created BYOD?

    You are kidding?

    It originally came from students being told they had to bring their own devices for certain course loads.

    For business oriented BYOD, it first entered in 2009, courtesy of Intel when it recognized an increasing tendency among its employees to bring their own devices to work and connect them to the corporate network.[6] However, it took until early 2011 before the term achieved any real prominence when IT services provider Unisys and software vendors VMware and Citrix Systems started to share their perceptions of this emergent trend.(Wiki)

    No Apple involvement what so ever!

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