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Apple's iWatch Conundrum

News from the Japanese trademark office that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) has applied to trademark "iWatch" is a strong indication that the product will ultimately come to fruition. While the release of a new device in a new product segment has the potential to be a win for Apple, there are concerns that investors should understand. As rumors continue to circulate, and anticipation builds, the stakes for Cupertino are likely on the rise.

In the video below, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the pros and cons of the iWatch, and how it positions Apple relative to Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) in the wearable tech space.

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  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2013, at 3:54 PM, DanManners wrote:

    Dont worry Apple will mess up whatever they do. This is the new Apple and the Maps app and other things Cook has done have been less than stellar.

    David Trainer, the greatest Apple analyst out there, has a 240 price target. If he says it is going there it is going there.

    The iWatch is going to be a big bust. Off hand (get it) i can't say how big a loss Apple will take on it, but it will be big. After the next fiasco the stock will be tanking every day. By next year we could be well under 200 approaching double digits for the first time in a long time.

    Trainer says the cash flow is going to dry up. So Apple will start having to use the cash it has to survive rather than do buybacks.

    Down big into earnings. Another big miss coming.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2013, at 4:52 PM, bktzoo wrote:

    @DanManners, Surely you jest. Apple's stock just rose on iWatch speculation, currently at 420/ share. Apple stock will not be "approaching double digits" (a 75% drop) in the foreseeable future. And with about $150 billion on hand, Apple's cash flow won't "dry up" any time soon either.

    The iWatch may be a flop, but speculating that it will drag the entire company down with it is just silly.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2013, at 5:14 PM, mdl00 wrote:

    I've come across a lot of ignorant fandroid comments in my day but you, DanManners, just made the top of the list, from your wry jokes to your over exaggerated and/or inaccurate statements.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2013, at 11:43 PM, JokerJoey wrote:

    DanManners must be working for someone trying to short the stock. A very risky bet.

    Believe me when I tell you that if Apple premieres a watch device, you can be absolutely positive that it will be far MORE than anyone expects from whatever it is in its final form.

    The wise investor will put his or her money to work now, while $420 and change (or even $450 and change) is reasonable, because once this thing hits the stock will likely reside comfortably above the $550 mark.

  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 3:45 AM, singaporenick wrote:

    Yes the comments by Dan Manners are a fairly pathetic attempt to talk down the stock for the shorts.

    Even if the iWatch was not a big success,it would not impact earnings much.

    As for running out of cash,that is just plain silly.In fact,the cash pile keeps increasing despite the fact that Apple is paying out large dividends and buying back stock.

  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 12:33 PM, crashandburn45 wrote:

    Naysayers have been predicting that the sky is falling for decades. This is no different. The paradigm shift is happening now and soon people will see that the innovation behind Apple was not a one man show.

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