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I would agree with what you are saying if this was due to market in 6 months.  Otherwise, given the slope of battery technology improvement and the obvious economic benefits from improved batteries, I would estimate that in 5 years electric cars will begin to replace gasoline cars.  Self driving cars will be an enormous economic benefit.   The funny part here is Mr Musk must have been very convincing when he tried to get Apple to invest in the battery part of his...
Imagine a 50% reduction in insurance costs, time to do work on your commute, or play games, or read a book.  The average American has what a 30 minute commute?  Twice a day, times 5 to 10 times a week.  This adds up to some serious hours of productivity.  Sure I can imagine older Americans not wanting to do this.  Everyone under the age of 30 or interested in saving money and time will look seriously at this option.  
This will cost Apple money from interest and arbitrage because the payments made in Swiss Francs will cost more to redeem if the payments are made in Dollars. Over time the Swiss Franc is expected to continue to strengthen against the Dollar. I guess if Apple already earns enough to pay this from income in the Swiss Franc it will be a moot point, but it does still potentially have a higher opportunity cost than debt denominated in Dollars.
One feature of the building that needs more reporting is the isolation system that will protect the building from earthquake damage. There are 700 1600 lb ball earrings under the building which are designed to allow the building to move 4.5 feet in any direction without sustaining major damage. It looks like a space ship because it is designed to be moved.😄. Combined with the power generation systems the Apple Campus might be the best place to manage the disaster...
The tax rate Apple has favored is 6.5% of funds repatriated. I would be satisfied with ten percent with minor requirements that the funds not be used in executive compensation. The other shoe that is about to drop is the European Union trying to claw back unpaid taxes. Between the two Apple could be looking at a $20-30 billion liability. I would be more upset about that if this was any other company. For Apple that could be less than :D2 quarters in earnings.
I am sure that Apple is a good investment right now.  Mainly  because they are the only market entrant who has a product that they control all the components of.  Intel and Microsoft have already gone separate ways so now there is no one else with this scale and control. The Chinese competitors are much more of a competitor then anyone else and they are dependent on Google for their platform.     The Apple watch is just more of the same magic.  Control the product, the...
The scope and flow of the Apple product range and its effect on the daily habits of billion of customers is just mindblowing. The only bit of history that was left out was Steve jobs talking about his vision for a connected living room back in 2001. That was when Apple was still thinking in terms of dvd's, and introducing OS X 10.1. I think the contrast between that keynote and Bill Gates key notes could not be any starker. One laid out Apple's vision for the next...
How do you find out if you are in this class of lottery winners? I would love to use this to buy a new macbook pro for christmas!
Gatorguy, I have been impressed that you generally don't try to play fanboy, and you raise the discussion over all, but I do think on this one you are missing the trees for looking at the forest.  Why can't Google aim for a large market with it's own product?  They make it and control everything about it, why is that still just another run of the mill mishmash?  I say this partly from my Wife's experience with the Nexus 5 phone.  I works, sort of...if you ignore how often...
I would like to see more information about how long this 35% increase in research budget has been going on? I suspect it started after Steve Jobs died in 2011. I am glad they have not tried to spend more than this. They already have the sapphire debacle to work out, and they don't need any more growth because any faster would kill the companies culture.
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