When Apple started selling the first iPhone in June 2007, you could buy Apple stock for about $100 per share. Two weeks ago, You'd pay $644 for that same share. During that same time, $100 invested in an S&P 500 mutual fund would be worth about $95.

Yet Apple naysayers abound, calling the stock overpriced; saying the iPhone is threatened by Droids, or the iPad by cheaper competitors. How does Apple answer? With last night's earnings report, to wit:

Sales up 50%.
Profits nearly doubled.
iPhone sales up 88%.
iPad sales up more than 100%.

Investors have sent Apple stock up $50/share (9%) this morning on that news.

It took me a while to understand Apple and its products, despite buying the first iPhone and nearly every subsequent model, and becoming inseparable from them. I really looked at iPhones as a great phone that could do some other things - and that's where I was wrong. The iPhone and iPad are devices that provide such a range of function that it can hardly be imagined that any two people use them the same way. That coupled with high quality and reliability suggest that continued strong sales are likely for Apple.

The next wave: when iPads start to surpass big-box televisions for TV viewing. It may be coming.


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