(This story is updated from Oct. 17 with projections of Apple's margins and profitability from RBC analyst Mike Abramsky.)BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) has risen from a tech has-been to a profit-generating juggernaut in only a decade, and the maker of the iPhone and iPad shows no signs of slowing even after the death of the company's co-founder and chief innovator. Apple, set to report fiscal fourth-quarter results after the close of trading today, is at a critical juncture following the Oct. 5 death of Steve Jobs, the company's former star CEO. After Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he helped turn around the struggling company by rolling out the successful iMac computer before branching out to the iPod music player and, eventually, the iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer. When Jobs returned to Apple, the stock was trading around $5 a share, and it's now at $419.
|Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs|