The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Phillips discuss topics across the investing world.
In today's edition, Eric and Jeremy look at the common belief that Apple has become "too big to grow." As Eric points out, the question of whether Apple can sustain heady triple-digit growth rates has become irrelevant, as it now trades for less than 13 times earnings and no longer needs huge growth to justify its earnings multiple.
As Eric looks at Apple's future, growth rates in the United States will have to drastically slow down by necessity; Apple was 80% of AT&T's smartphones sales last quarter, and smartphones are reaching saturation in the United States, though more growth could be available on Verizon and Sprint. Then there's Apple TV. While Eric's very bullish on its prospects to succeed if launched, the bottom line is that the iPhone drives 53% of Apple sales and a greater percent of profits. Given how often consumers replace phones and the iPhone's high selling prices, the television opportunity is just much smaller even if Apple succeeds. So as Apple investors look forward to strong year-over-year growth this quarter and beyond, focusing on Apple's iPhone growth in emerging markets with huge populations becomes critical.