While Samsung in making tremendous strides by pricing its phones lower, however, what it needs to do in order to truly "RIM" Apple is to figure out of way to take away Apple's margins in the high-end devices where Apple is the clear-cut winner. For Samsung to do that, it will need to get its current customers to pay for the higher-margin phones - a task that will not come easy.

Bottom line

As we are quick to point out all of the great things that Apple is doing and offering standing ovations for its brilliance and creativity, the company has shown a history of not playing well from behind. We first saw this when the rise of software giant Microsoft ( MSFT) and the dominance of the personal computer almost sent Apple into bankruptcy -- essentially, the word "Apple" almost became a verb of its own.

While it is grossly premature to say that Samsung is on the verge of burying Apple, it is not out of the realm of possibility that it could happen. After all, although Apple appears unbeatable today, on Wall Street there is no such thing as infinite success.

Instead, it is a cut-throat industry where the market leader (in this case Apple) is always the target of every rival wanting what it has. The question is, will Apple be foolish enough to make the mistake of allowing Samsung's ascent to dictate its next move? Or, worse yet, will it become complacent, rest on its laurels and do nothing?
At the time of publication, the author was long AAPL, MSFT and held no positions in any of the other stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

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