Anybody who has knowledge in the nuts and bolts of the stock market can attest that 2012 was a gripping year for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Investors were pessimistic that it could still continue to create products that would hold the interest of the market and sustain its growth and dominance in the technological realm. But in the midst of all the faithlessness of investors and all the ebbs and flows it had to go through throughout the year, Apple managed to start 2012 with stock near $400 and finish at $532.17, which was equivalent to a 30.6% gain. With decisions hinged on market fundamentals, investors have remained cynical about investing in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). But reality is, what investors know is just the tip of the iceberg. What is of the essence lies beneath, and that is what only analysts could tell.
Why Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is no threat even now
Contrary to what investors think, analysts project that 2013 will be another good year for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Sales and revenues are expected to increase by up to 25% as it introduces products that will keep its market intact. While the Google Android operating system provides a potent platform to cellular phone manufacturers, its application development is still plodding behind Apple. Clashing focuses make a huge difference. As Google concentrates on cashing in on search on mobile phones, waiting for the market to shift their internet usage from computers to mobile devices would take quite a while, and so would revenue generation. But it is a totally different story for Apple. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)e has the capacity to generate revenues continually because of its strong phone and tablet sales throughout the world. Its cash and marketeable securities now amount to $39 billion, more than enough to take account of its key acquisitions in the future. On top of that, Q4 of 2012 closed with Apple revenue hitting the roof at $54.5 billion, way too far from Google with only $14.5 billion.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) still not enough even with China combined
When Microsoft entered into a partnership with mobile technology giant Nokia and planned to penetrate the Asian market as part of its strategy, investors flocked into the operating systems maker. Competition heightened when it partnered with China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE:CHL), where Microsoft earned exclusive distribution rights for Lumia 920. Given that, it was clear that Microsoft was attempting to barge into the mobile market and compete against the industry giant. But Microsoft holding the Chinese market is pretty less of a threat for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apple currently holds over 700 million customers around the world and produces smartphones with high worldwide sales shoring it up. Even Microsoft has not come up with a technology that can equal the mania surrounding the phones and tablets of Apple. And considering its healthy margins, it seems that even if Apple’s share of the market plummets anytime in the near future, there is still the considerable profit from its international smartphone sales to back it up.