"Apple investors see upside ahead of Samsung's Galaxy S4 launch"
"Apple shares gained almost one percent on Thursday, despite this evening's launch of Samsung's new Galaxy S4 smartphone. The S4 is widely rumored to incorporate innovative features that could allow it to take market share from Apple's popular iPhone. Apparently investors feel that either the Galaxy has been over-hyped, or that Apple's stock price already reflects any competitive threat from the S4. Given that Apple will soon announce a plan to return some of it's $140 billion cash hoard to shareholders, today's trading could mark a change in sentiment and a reversal of the 38% slide in share price since late last year."
These days, EVERY smartphone launch, including those from Apple, showcase just how revolutionary the original iPhone launch was. Everything else, by comparison, has minor updates. We're now reduced to form factor(s) and speed, but not much else. And that is exactly why Apple's "sticky" platform will ultimately keep its existing customers and draw in those that purchase an iPod, iPad, iMac, etc in the future. This vertical integration is the best thing going on in tech.