This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Apple Products Best Appreciated as a Whole

Stocks in this article: AAPL

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL - Get Report) is such a large company that it's always working on multiple projects at the same time. Even more interesting is the synergy of those efforts. In contrast to some companies, Apple's coherent vision of where it wants to go means that it works on seemingly disparate projects that are nevertheless designed to eventually dovetail.

In the course of developing those projects, some are rolled out as standalone features that may seem questionable in isolation. That's because some technologies must be stress tested before the final integration.

For example, what's the relationship between TouchID -- Apple's fingerprint recognition system on the new iPhone 5s -- and iCloud? The connection doesn't seem obvious until Apple adds iBeacon, a secure payment system with its AppleID and the iCloud keychain. The result is that, at some critical point, a complete architecture for mobile payments is suddenly, surprisingly in place.

Another example is the 64-bit A7 System on a Chip (SoC) in the new iPad Air, mini Retina and the iPhone 5s. This caught competitors completely off guard, but it makes sense within Apple's long-term efforts. For example, if Apple were planning hybrid notebook computers or larger iPads (the rumored iPad Pro) with low power ARM CPUs, they'd have to have a larger address space and 64-bit capability, just like the Macintosh brethren. A Qualcomm employee recently said: "The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut."

The lesson here is that Apple has long-term plans, but we often only see the pieces rolled out when they're ready and, many times, out of phase, until the dots get connected.

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,303.34 -113.51 -0.65%
S&P 500 2,015.66 -5.59 -0.28%
NASDAQ 4,682.3550 -1.0520 -0.02%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs