CUPERTINO, Calif. (
) -- After a decade of success,
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newest growth supplement is going to be a tough Tablet to swallow.
The iPhone has finally
cracked the China market
, Apple's Fifth Avenue flagship store
rakes in more cash
than any shop in modern U.S. retailing, and the new crop of
iPods will have cameras
that could spark a big replacement cycle.
Like never before, Apple is at the
top of its game
. But like any champ, the focus has to be on the next big win.
For Apple, the stunning growth streak lives or dies with the upcoming Tablet.
Heck of a Halo
Hey, this is Apple, right? What's the worry? For 10 years, Apple has demonstrated the hottest hand in gadgets, delivering a string of blockbuster hits.
The iPod and iTunes redefined not just music players, but also the business of selling songs. In computers, Apple's Macs were sleeker, premium-priced devices that people found a joy to use and were cool alternatives to sluggish, bloated, virus-plagued PCs.
Then came the iPhone. Timing the tipping point for touchscreens perfectly, Apple set the standard for a new generation of smartphones and ushered in an era of fingertip controlled phones and improved Web viewing.
The iPhone has been a smashing success, but the device is in its third year, and with China now onboard, it faces fewer new market opportunities. The iPod may get a boost from its new camera feature, but the glory days have passed. And Macs face a resurgent
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effort that threatens to take the shine off Apple's computer sales.