Ask an expert: Are Apple's best days behind it?

MSN Money's Jim Jubak answers Facebook users' questions about the tech giant's products and its stock.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 28, 2012 9:53AM
With the new iPad recently released, consumers and investors want to know when a new iPhone will be released. In this video, MSN Money's Jim Jubak explains Apple's (AAPL) product launch timeline.

As he answers questions from MSN Money's Facebook community, Jubak counters skepticism about the ability for Apple's stock to continue growing, noting that it's still relatively cheap.

Tags: AAPL
Mar 28, 2012 1:27PM

There is nothing earth shattering about apple products since the first Iphone. Its just the fanboys haven't noticed yet!

Mar 28, 2012 1:08PM
20 years ago apple was going under.  Microsoft bailed them out in case you didn't know.  Apple wasn't doing well until the ipod, it wasn't doing really well until the iphone.  That is 6 years ago.
Mar 28, 2012 3:32PM
When a company achieves the psychological advantage of customers internalizing its products as cool, and owning them as an identification of them being cool (too) - the actual quality of the product does not matter anymore - even it if it in some slight ways technically superior. Sooner or later the coolness of a partially eaten apple being displayed on a device will wear out, and something else will take its place.
Mar 28, 2012 2:44PM
No one person, company or government ever stays on top forever. There are way too many excellent companies that will be nipping at their heals...    They have been meteoric, but will not stay that way... The proprietary nature of their products is another reason that they will not maintain supremacy...
Mar 28, 2012 3:29PM

@Boe Dillard (Quick Boarder)


"I've been a die hard Windows user for about 20 years. I just beta tested Windows 8 and the stupid metro UI (no other option) is going to drive many to OSX"

I just watched a (mostly) apple fanboy preview Windows 8 in his video, odd for him to cover that, but he really LIKES it, and points out Metro UI can be CHANGED back and forth to Old Windows desktop style with the push of a key!  Even though you are claiming it's the only choice.  So there is no problem. For someone who's a "diehard windows fan", you sure sound like an apple fan incognito who's gotten all stirred up by the articles subject line.. .

Mar 28, 2012 2:22PM

Dear ( Quick Boarder ) You must not have even started to play with the W8 environment. It has an optional desktop just like old Windows but offers a crisp very interesting platform to launch an even more interesting multi-platform environment. Watch for products like: tablets/tv/incar/tablet/phone/displayboards etc... you are lost in the past... I have been using systems based on RadioShack/Apple/IBM/Microsoft and a few others over the past 36 years and the newest version of Windows is finally a NEW platform.


Regarding Balmer... I agree he is long overdue to retire.



Mar 28, 2012 3:09PM
Apple needs to check who is selling their products. A very recent mishap with an I-Touch owned by my son the warranty or the service plan purchased through another store (Wal-Mart) representing Apple products which is all they sell now, WAS NOT honored. We had to go out of our way to go to an Apple Store make an appointment which was not told to us upon a phone call so therefore it was 2 trips to the Apple Store. I myself will not purchase Apple products they are over-rated and over-priced.
Mar 28, 2012 2:15PM

AS mobile computing becomes more wide spread (which is happening now) apple will either have to start adding basic features all computers have (i.e usb hubs for peripherals, access to the file system, access to real business class features, and the ability to download and install things that have not been explicitly approved by the apple overlords) or they will lose out to the companies that will. Apple wont lose to android, android sucks, but I see a real threat from Win 8 (if is it done right, probably wont be) when it start rolling.


But for now, i don't see them loosing much market share.

That is my expert opinion as a random user of the internet (My work is law muhahahaha).

Mar 28, 2012 1:29PM
Actually, I think it was the original iMac from 1998 started the ball rolling from Apple. But it didnt gain powerhouse status until the original iPod.
Mar 28, 2012 2:15PM
the days of apple are at the end peope fall for the newest phones from apple but the thing there is nothing new on them a better screen or cam on it that is not a upgrade the only way to move like they did in the past is come out with the new best thing not a new screen or cam upgrade that is not new
Mar 28, 2012 2:22PM

I think apple will always be in the best positions of the new "fashion things" that surprised us every year with new things and new ideas that always end up being the new society

Mar 29, 2012 10:27AM
When a company reaches this high a market cap, they eventually drop back. Sustaining their remarkable growth is just not possible. Thus, the risk to the downside may outweigh the upside potential. If you don't own Apple, it is probably too late. Things don't stay perfect for long. I missed out on Apple but did quite well with my choices of Nike and IBM over the same period of time. In fact, there were several good stocks that outperformed Apple over the last couple of years. It is just one good stock and I'd never put too many eggs in one basket.
Mar 28, 2012 11:07PM
You poor aapl haters.  I bet you look in the mirror every morning thinking how STUPID you are for not buying aapl a couple years ago at $125.   Instead , you hated it the whole time.  Yep, you really are Stupid. 
Mar 28, 2012 9:04PM
Oh this idiot again.  He is never right..ever.  Why does he even offer an option anymore.  This is the guy saying that the rally was ended back at 400 a share.
Mar 28, 2012 3:13PM
I sure hope Apple will be baked soon.
Mar 28, 2012 2:26PM

Like Google, Baidu, Priceline, and the other hot stocks, AAPL could be sideways (dead money) next year or so unless they have some kind of technology break-through products.


I want to buy AAPL but it is too pricey and too risky for me now even though it could have 20%-30% run up from here.  Another thing is the 2008 crisis/recession is still clinging over my head.

Mar 28, 2012 7:44PM

Apple is doing very well, it would be nice to see them give back and lower their prices on their products.

Mar 29, 2012 11:19AM

Hey "pocketprotectNerd guy, Did YOU in fact purchase AAPL shares @ $125.00 PS?  Yea, I thought so.  Don't burn your hand on the "new" iPAD.

Mar 28, 2012 3:37PM
Windows 8 is where it's at. It has the metro UI for the tablet experience with all the apps AND the traditional desktop mode for serious applications and work. You can't run a fully-fledged Adobe Photoshop for example on a crApple iPad, but you will be able to on Windows 8 whether it be tablet, laptop or desktop PC!

Wow, what a question--


  They've been asking that for over 20 years...and each time, they have to eat their words.

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