Sitting on my wrist is Apple’s newest product – the Apple Watch.
But if you’re like many Americans, you may be wondering, “What’s the big deal?”… “Am I missing something?”
A Business Insider poll suggests that 51% of people just don’t see the point:
So you won't be surprised to hear that the media sound bite jockeys are falling all over themselves to see who can be more sarcastic and skeptical about it. Calling it:
“Lame,” “Awful,” and even flat-out “Stupid.”
But here’s the thing everyone is missing.
Personally, if he was still alive, I think Steve Jobs would be LAUGHING in the critics’ faces.
Because I believe the Apple Watch available today is just scratching the surface of what Jobs (and his fellow geniuses at Apple) have planned for the future.
You see, the Apple Watch released last April is NOT the design Steve Jobs imagined.
In fact, months before Jobs passed away, Apple filed for a patent on the watch design I think Jobs REALLY wanted Apple to create, a document that I found hiding in plain sight at the United States Patent Office and a document I want to show you today.
Allow me a proper introduction first. I’m Rex Moore, and I’m a reporter for The Motley Fool – one of the largest personal finance websites in the world.
I’m here today to reveal how I stumbled across what I believe will be the biggest story of my career.
Today, I’ll show you this “hidden” Apple patent and explain why I’m convinced it gives savvy investors a glimpse into the future and at the incredible secret Apple has up its sleeve.
Because once I tell you the whole story, you'll realize there may actually be two ways to potentially grab your share of the mountain of cash that Apple could stand to make on the next generation of products hiding in its pipeline.
The first way is by investing in Apple directly and claiming your share of its dividends and capital gains in the years to come.
So I want to tell you the second way.
According to one of America's top growth stock experts, it could be a much better (and much faster) strategy for adding to your wealth today than a direct investment in Apple would be.
And the history of the computing industry suggests that he may be correct.
To understand this, we need to think back to the spring of 1977…
Computers were rapidly becoming smaller; a machine that once barely squeezed into a warehouse could now fit onto a desk!
And the undisputed king of the mountain was IBM.
But your best investment at the time was a company that didn't even sell computers.
You know this company as Intel.
And of course you also know that Intel supplied one tiny little component for computers…
... a component so sophisticated and so essential to manufacturers like IBM -- along with Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and many others -- that every $5,000 invested in Intel stock back then has grown into almost a million today.
Now, there's no doubt who today's computer king is.
Apple has taken computers off our desks… and off our laps... and put them in the palm of our hand, and now on our wrists.
Just like IBM, Apple has put itself in a position to dominate the computer industry for decades.
But as you know, the question shouldn’t be what stock is “today’s IBM?” but rather, which stock is the “the next Intel?” The tiny company every other company NEEDS to makes the real magic happen.
And that’s why I’m talking to you today, I’m convinced, with a little help, I’ve found the “next Intel” and you won’t believe the story that led me here.
To understand this historic opportunity, you need to take a quick trip with me across the street to find out where that mountain of cash may be and how I found Steve Jobs’s REAL vision for the Apple Watch.
Now, most people don't know this, but The Motley Fool's headquarters is located directly down the street from the US Patent Office…
Where every technology company that wants to obtain intellectual property protection for its newest inventions is required to file stacks and stacks of specialized paperwork.
And believe it or not, any American citizen can actually walk right into the patent office and demand to see that paperwork.
You just write your request on an index card, and a friendly federal worker will pull the file.
Of course, hardly anyone actually does this, but you'd be pretty amazed what you can see if you do.
I know I was. For a growth-minded investor, an afternoon at the patent office is the next best thing to an afternoon at Fort Knox.
Or then again, maybe it's better. If you bring a few quarters for the photocopier, you get to take home all the gold.
You see, I got a little curious…
And, yes, maybe a little greedy.
Because I've been hearing some really wild rumors from my contacts in the technology world over the past few weeks and here’s what they all boil down to:
The Apple Watch currently in stores may just be the beginning of Steve Jobs’s REAL vision. The first-inning of a nine-inning game.
You see, Apple has pulled together a team of more than 100 of its best engineers and product designers to work on the future of the Apple Watch. Apple is even hiding away this project team in a top-secret facility offsite from its headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Which means that even Apple's 50,000+ other employees are hearing this story in whispers, too.
For a tech savvy investor these rumors and whispers can be really exciting, after all an Apple product release can be a windfall for investors who know where to invest their money.
Which is exactly why I found myself at the Patent Office that day – to confirm these rumors and discover the BEST way to invest in the vision of Steve Jobs.
That’s why when I finally came across one particular patent document, I realized right away I was on to something big.
I’m about to show you this document. And once I do, I’ll explain what you’re seeing, what it means for Apple, and how it led me what could be the biggest investing trend in decades.
Ready? Here it is.
The first thing you’ll notice is that this image looks nothing like the Apple Watch being sold today, in fact, it doesn’t really look like a watch at all.
There is no face to tell the time or any sign of a screen… anywhere. Instead it looks more like a wristband than any watch that I have seen.
Honestly, I was confused. On one hand, I expected to find a watch design similar to the current one. On the other hand, what if I had just scored a sneak peek at Apple’s next game-changer?
I needed answers. Luckily, I knew right where to go.
So, after I made my photocopies of the document I had just seen, I ran back The Motley Fool’s headquarters and marched straight to the office of my boss, David Gardner.
David is one of the founders of The Motley Fool. I’ve worked with David for 16 years and I've seen The Motley Fool grow from "the little investing website that could" into a financial powerhouse that includes a widely syndicated newspaper column, a popular radio show, and a series of bestselling books.
I've also seen David Gardner and his band of investing Fools pop up everywhere from CNBC, to Larry King Live, to Dr. Phil.
I've seen the Economist call us "an ethical oasis," and Time magazine reveal that "even billionaires get their ideas from The Motley Fool."
After all, David Gardner is the rule-breaking technology investor who first became famous for revealing … in public, right on the Motley Fool’s website on August 5, 1994 … that he was putting money into an innovative new company called AOL for just 44 cents a share.
In the years that followed, that split-adjusted position climbed all the way up to $89.18 per share. That's a staggering increase of more than 20,000%.
But David doesn't like to rest on his laurels, which is why he actually sold a portion of that skyrocketing AOL position to fund his stake in another upstart called Amazon.com back in 1997.
We just had a little party at the office to celebrate that investment going up more than 150x from a split-adjusted $3.24 all the way to $500 and beyond.
That's why I say, show me another investor anywhere who has more experience in leading forward-thinking investors, like you and me, to huge gains on technology stocks.
If anyone would understand what I had just seen and find the best way to profit off of it, it’s probably David Gardner.
So you can see why I was so excited to proudly march into David’s office and show him what I had just seen.
But here’s the kicker, when I laid my photocopy of the patent document on David’s desk, he just shook his head and laughed.
You see, as he explained, David had already seen this document – years ago, in fact!
Not only had David known about this “hidden” patent, but it had already helped him find what he believes could be the “next Intel-like” stock to help investors by riding a massive, new technological trend.
Surprised (and a little embarrassed) to hear this news, I asked David, “Is this really a big deal? Are people going to get excited over a device that just looks different?”
That’s when David explained something to me I had never thought of before.
He said, look, when it comes to Apple, they change the way their products look every 6 to 8 months…
Remember the original iPod released in 2001? It was a clunky device by today’s standards and looked like this…Sure it gave you, “1,000 songs in your pocket” but over the course of the next 9 years iPods began shrinking and changing shapes.
The first iPhone released in 2007 looks nothing like the iPhone of today… they have become thinner, lighter weight, have larger screens and now don’t just come in 1 or 2 colors but a wide range of choices.
But people don’t buy new Apple products for the LOOK, they want the new functionality, access to new apps and the ability to do more with their devices.
If the look or shape of a new Apple product were the only difference then I bet they would sell a hell of a lot less and quite frankly would not be the company they are today.
The REAL reason most people buy new Apple products or any other phone or device is that it does more of what they want, it in some way makes their lives easier and less complicated.
After all who doesn’t want their life to be less complicated, simpler and well less stressful? We are all human after all and the best inventions and innovations were born out of a dream to make life better… at least the innovations that made the REALLY big money and lined the pockets of forward thinking investors with piles of cash.
You see, David had already poured hours of research into understanding new technologies like this. He walked me through everything.
But smart WATCHES are only a portion of a much larger market. A market is that is about to take the world by storm.
David Gardner refers to this larger market as “wearable technology devices.”
A leading market intelligence firm called ABI Research forecasted that by 2018, major technology companies will be selling 485 million of these new devices per year.
But only if companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, Google and Microsoft can overcome some of the barriers that they face with these devices today… including small screen size, clunky style, limited battery life, and they must become standalone computing devices with more robust functionality.
And more robust functionality is the key here… in order for consumers to truly embrace any smartwatch or wearable device they need to see HOW they will benefit from owning one… in short what can this device do for me.
So the big question now is not what the next Apple Watch or any of its competitors will look like but what will they be able to do and how will they be able to make our lives easier?
David went on to describe a prototype device so powerful it would change the way we live.
A single “wearable” device that starts your car, opens your door, pays your groceries, and even tells you how many calories you’ve eaten in a day!
A single device that makes your world… smart.. and easy.
Now look, my first reaction when David described this to me was:
“You’ve gotta be kidding me? This just sounds like some future world out of The Jetsons. I won’t see that in my lifetime.”
Well, that’s when David stopped me in my tracks. He opened the drawer of this desk, took something out, and slid it across his desk to me.
He then told me what he just described is NOT some dream-world gadget but that it already existed and I was holding the “working prototype” for what Steve Jobs envisioned for the future of not just Apple – but the multi-billion dollar wearable market.
He explained the next evolution of the smartwatch and wearable market is not taking place at Apple headquarters but is actually happening a long drive down I-5 in Anaheim.
In of all places… Disneyland.
It was here in 2008 that an adventure began to discover a way to reduce the stress and hassles people felt when visiting THE amusement park…. in a non-descript lab nestled next to the Toy Story Midway Mania ride.
You see, like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney was a dreamer who wanted people to not only see the future but immerse themselves in the world of tomorrow.
Which is what led a small team of engineers at Disney to build… The MagicBand – the gadget David had taken out of his drawer.
If you’ve taken your family or grand kids to Disney lately you might have purchased one of these…
The MagicBand is a wristband of sorts that has the capability to create a personalized experience when you visit one of the Disney theme parks.
As you can see, it looks like a simple rubber wristband or a long watchband with no face.
So what can a MagicBand do, well:
What is so amazing about the MagicBand is that it is not remarkable looking at all yet it connects you to a vast and powerful system of sensors within the park that makes your experience well magical…
So what does this, the MagicBand, have to do with Steve Jobs’s vision for the future of smartwatches and wearable devices?
Well, most people don’t know this, but Steve Jobs was on Disney’s board of directors and the company’s largest shareholder. Needless to say, Jobs believed in the magic happening at Disney.
Plus, he had a front-row seat for the development of this amazing device.
And as David explained to me, this wasn’t the first time Jobs stuck his way in to see a glimpse of future technology:
Back in December 1979, in one of the biggest gambles in business history, Steve Jobs gladly gave away 100,000 shares of pre-IPO Apple stock.
Total value: $1 million.
Actually, Jobs was giving away far more than a million dollars...
Nonetheless... he knew he was getting the steal of a lifetime.
See, Apple's highly-anticipated IPO was just months away.
And everyone — Jobs included — knew that 100,000 shares of Apple stock would soon be worth WAY more than $1 million.
In fact, when Apple did IPO just a few months later, that $1 million investment from Jobs was already worth more than $22 million!
Today... it's worth more than half a billion!
(Around $638 million, to be exact)
Still, Jobs forked over this fortune without a second thought.
Apple's future depended on it.
Because with that king's ransom, Jobs bought himself three days of unrestricted access to a fabled Silicon Valley technology facility...
And to the secretive technologist who ran it. Considered by many to be the smartest man in the world.
This man was Dr. Mark Weiser — the chief technologist of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center.
The innovation coming out of Weiser's shop was light-years ahead of the competition. Which is why Jobs was willing to pay so dearly to get a glimpse behind the curtain.
Yet as valuable as Weiser's insights would prove to be to Jobs...
Creating hundreds of billions of dollars for Apple in the years and decades that followed...
See, Weiser once said...
"The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it."
He imagined a world in which everything around us...
...our belongings, our homes, our streets, our cars, everything...
...were all seamlessly and invisibly integrated.
Sounds exactly like the MagicBand, right?
This is why David is convinced we’re on the cusp of an explosion when it comes to the “wearable” market. And why he’s recently doubled-down on the stock of one company at the center of it all.
To understand why David is so bullish on this trend, you need to understand the technology that makes the devices like the MagicBand possible and how you as an investor can position yourself to profit from the primary company that makes it a reality.
You see Disney is just the testing ground for technologies that could soon create the ultimate in a “wearable” world… imagine the power of the MagicBand technology imbedded in an Apple Watch where your personal preferences open up a world of conveniences like: starting your car with just a wave of your wrist, or opening your front door with the wave of your hand or walking into your house and the thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature to your exact liking.
It would seem… well magical.
If you think about the major ways Apple has transformed our lives, you’ll notice it doesn’t invent new devices or technologies.
Instead, it takes an existing idea, waits until it’s absolutely certain the world is going mad for it… and then… perfects it.
BlackBerries, Palms, and other smartphones were common long before the first iPhone.
Tablets existed well before Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad in 2010.
And I’m sure you can probably remember being impressed by those early mp3 players with the whopping 12-song capacity… Before the iPod came along and put “a thousand songs in your pocket.”
So Apple can be your very own investing crystal ball.
Look closely and I think it will tell you – with an excellent track record – what the next big trend will be.
And then lead you straight to the investment that could build you a fortune off it.
Which is why if you’re looking to add a few zeros to your portfolio, your blood should be pumping pretty fast right about now.
Think about it… why was Steve Jobs so interested in the technology experiments going on at Disney? Why would Apple file a design patent that looks SO different than the watch it has on the market? Is it ever a good idea to bet against Apple??
These were questions I needed answer too. David told me if I wanted to find the next Intel-like stock, I need to look on the inside and understand the underlying technology.
So that’s what I did… by cutting one of these MagicBands open to see what secret potion or pixy dust could be found inside… the way I see it I owed it to myself and every other investor looking to profit from the smartwatch and wearables revolution.
What I discovered was nothing short of amazing….
As you can see from this picture of my destructive curiosity… once you successfully get the magic band open (which is no easy task and took me quite a while to pry open) you can see a number of antennas, this RFID chip and a number of radio like sensors that can send and receive information from various distances called “touchless Near Field Communications” technology or touchless NFC for short.
As David would go on to explain, this NFC technology is the star of the show.
Because remember, it is not about what the Apple Watch or future wearable devices look like it is what they enable us as users to do… the magic is in the functionality.
For the MagicBand, the magic is that it enables visitors to the Disney theme parks to forget about all the hassles of visiting a theme park… no room keys, no tickets, no wallet and no lines.
Relying heavily on touchless NFC, you are “connected” to the park through the thousands of sensors that are constantly sending and receiving information to and from your MagicBand.
An experience is created that is all about you, without all the hassles. And every visitor that goes to the park is going to have a different experience based on what they want out of their visit.
The question is not whether NFC technology will become the focal point for wearable devices… but when and just how big?
And Avi Greengart, a technology product expert for another top research firm, Current Analysis, Inc., says we're now standing at the tipping point of this historic market shift.
Remember, ABI forecasts that by 2018, major technology companies will be selling 485 million of these new devices per year.
So you can bet tech giants like Apple, Google, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, and our old friends at Intel are all slamming on the accelerator pedal and shoveling billions of dollars into research and development to make the dream of a NFC-focused world possible.
Because, make no mistake, this isn't just some Silicon Valley pipe dream and it isn’t a fairy tale. This is a high stakes race.
Now I can't say for certain how long Apple will be the king of computing, and I can't say for certain all the things that the next Apple Watch and its competitors will be able to do.
Fortunately, I don't have to. Because as David described it to me, all of these tech giants are in a bit of a pickle – Apple included.
Right now, they all need to incorporate NFC technology into their devices to connect to the larger world. Despite all the lab-coated brainiacs, engineers, and other geniuses roaming the halls there, Apple doesn’t have the specialized skills, exclusive patents, or state-of-the-art machinery necessary to build NFC into its devices.
So it must hire a company that does. And that’s not cheap.
And there’s one company with a herculean stranglehold on the NFC market – over 60% market share.
In addition to finding their technology in the MagicBand I opened up, this company is already the supplier of NFC technology for Apple, Google, Nokia, NTC, and Samsung.
With an incredible 231 patents guarding its priceless intellectual capital, this company has been able to build a near-monopoly as the supplier-of-choice for these tech giants.
And as a crucial supplier to all of these companies, this company gets paid for every NFC-chip that’s placed in devices. Think of it as a “toll” Apple and its competitors must pay for this technology.
So you can imagine as the market for wearable devices explodes, this small company (it’s 1/30th the size of Apple) could see its profits soar.
I don’t need to tell you what that can do to a company’s stock price.
But of course, David Gardner had known this for years – first recommended investors grab shares of this NFC-powerhouse over 4 years ago. Those who listened to David have doubled their investment!
But what’s more exciting is David believes this company is STILL a very compelling buy for investors today because of the explosion Apple’s Watch just ignited. In fact, David has doubled down on this stock!
I can’t say I’m surprised. After all he's been breaking the rules of Wall Street for years.
Here's how David describes his investing philosophy...
"The one thing we all have in common is a dedication to identifying, understanding and growing wealthy together investing in these comapnies industries and technologies that are changing the world."
So how about we get down to business?
And discuss the best way to get this stock NOW.
Thanks for reading today. I hope the information I've provided so far has been helpful to you.
And sorry for being so long-winded…
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Returns updated daily during business hours unless otherwise specified. The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. David Gardner owns shares of Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Apple, Baidu, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Intuitive Surgical, IPG Photonics, MercadoLibre, Under Armour, and Walt Disney. Rex Moore owns shares of Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), and Microsoft. The Motley Fool owns shares of Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Apple, Baidu, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Intuitive Surgical, IPG Photonics, MercadoLibre, Monster Beverage, Under Armour, and Walt Disney.
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