Apple’s quarter came in well ahead of expectations on strong overall revenues and iPhone sales. With the company forecasting modestly higher earnings in the coming quarter and expectations that the iPhone 6 could be a blockbuster come September, Apple’s stock soared to levels not seen since the end of last year. Still, CEO Tim Cook thinks the company’s shares are cheap. In announcing Apple will pump an additional $30 billion into a repurchase program, Cook said: “We believe our current stock price does not reflect the full value of the company.” A deeper dive into Apple’s numbers suggests Cook’s beliefs could be reasonable, but there are still important questions facing the company down the road. Here’s a look at some of them:Can anything be done about the iPad problem? Cook explained that while iPad sales were down significantly versus last year, the situation wasn’t as bad as it seems. And, indeed, Ewan Spence has a post here at Forbes detailing why that’s the case. But even if you accept all the explanations at face value, there’s still the reality that iPad growth has flatlined for now. And that’s not because of a weak hardware cycle either. The successful redesign of… Read full this story
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