The following video is part of our “Motley Fool Conversations” series, in which analyst John Reeves and advisor David Meier discuss topics across the investing world.

Yes, the year 2012 is more than half over. But John and David think Apple is still the best investment for 2012. Apple is driving the mobile computing trend. The iPhone and iPad are two incredible, growing franchises. And let’s not forget the rise of the Mac franchise. The power of Apple is simple to illustrate. And its share price is up 65% year-to-date.

On the other hand, Nokia is down 31% and Research In Motion is down 52%. They continue to lose share in a fast-growing market. Hewlett-Packard is down 31% and Dell is down 23% as the adoption of the tablet and the slow rise of the Mac are hurting the incumbents. With the upcoming launch of the iPhone5 as well as the reported iPad mini, Apple will remain the leader. And given its attractive share price, it is the best investment we see for the rest of 2012.

Apple is the most influential company in technology and has delivered market-smashing returns for those lucky enough to invest in the company. However, with the impending release of the iPhone 5 and Apple TV on the horizon, the stakes have never been higher for the company. If you’re looking for a recommendation on how to play Apple along with continuing updates and guidance on the company whenever news breaks, we’ve created a brand new report that details when to buy and sell Apple. To get started, just click here now.