It was January 2007…
Wearing his signature jeans and black turtleneck, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs walked on stage in front of a crowded audience. It was Apple’s 2007 MacWorld conference.
Addressing the audience, Jobs said he would reveal a “revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone.” That device was – of course – the original iPhone.
The iPhone went on sale in June of that year. In the first weekend alone, as many as 700,000 iPhones were sold to eager customers. By the end of 2007, 1.4 million iPhones had been put into the hands of buyers. Time declared it the invention of the year.
In hindsight, it’s easy to recognize the significance of this event. The iPhone is arguably the most iconic consumer electronics product in history. Today, 47% of all smartphone users in the United States use an Apple iPhone.
And it is the iPhone – more than any other Apple product – that is chiefly responsible for Apple becoming one of the most valuable public companies in the world with a market capitalization above $2 trillion.
And, of course, investors in Apple have made an incredible return. Any investor who bought shares in Apple (AAPL) the month that Jobs revealed the original iPhone is now sitting on returns in excess of 5,000% as of this writing.
But investing in Apple was not the only way to gain exposure to the revolutionary trends that the iPhone unlocked. The iPhone’s incredible success had “knock-on” effects for other technology products and services.
In fact, Apple has kickstarted several major tech trends that have made people rich…
A perfect illustration of Apple’s influence is the App Store. While Apple didn’t invent the concept, the richness of its platform popularized many services that we enjoy today. From its launch in 2008 with a mere 500 apps, the App Store has grown to more than 2.2 million apps to date.
One company that benefited from this new “mobile-first” trend is Zynga (ZNGA). Zynga was founded in April 2007, only a few months after the reveal of the original iPhone. Most of us probably know Zynga as the company behind the popular mobile game “Words with Friends.”
Today, the company is one of the top mobile gaming companies in the world. During its Series A round in January 2008, Zynga was valued at just $17 million. Now, as a public company, Zynga boasts an enterprise valuation of $8.3 billion as of this writing.
That represents a return of about 48,700% for private investors who have held on since the Series A round.
Or consider Facebook. We might not think of Facebook as a company that benefited from the creation of the iPhone. But we may be surprised to learn 79% of Facebook users interact with Facebook products exclusively through their mobile phones. And 75% of Facebook’s traffic and revenue comes from mobile phones.
Were it not for the iPhone – and the subsequent smartphones it inspired – Facebook would be a fraction of the company it is today.
Likewise, half of all users of Spotify – the popular music streaming service – are “mobile only.” And 25% of all Amazon Prime orders originate from its mobile app.
In fact, several popular companies have benefited as a result of the iPhone’s success.
I’d be willing to bet that anyone using an iPhone uses at least one of the services pictured above – probably several of them. Each of those businesses is worth billions of dollars. Some are worth hundreds of billions.
Mobile devices like the iPhone (combined with 4G mobile bandwidth) made these companies what they are today. And this has presented some of the best investing opportunities of the last decade.
And Apple’s influence doesn’t stop there…
Just like with its App Store, Apple’s success creates a ripple effect for new technologies, bringing them to mainstream attention. And with the release of its 5G-enabled iPhone last year, for example, we’re seeing a wave of companies benefit as a result.
For example, the success of Apple’s 5G iPhone cascades down to the manufacturers – like semiconductor companies – and companies building new apps using 5G technology.
In fact, we’ve profited off several of Apple’s suppliers in my research services. We’re currently up 54% on one key Apple supplier, and we’re up 55% and 132% on other manufacturing companies benefiting from Apple’s influence.
That’s one reason why whenever Apple makes a big move, we make sure to pay attention.
And that’s the important message I have for readers today… It’s time to get ready.
I see a situation unfolding with Apple that will lead to the next round of “knock on” effects… and the next big opportunity for us to profit.
You see, Apple just revealed its next big launch. And I believe as much as $12.3 trillion could be at stake as this new trend takes hold.
That’s why on Wednesday, September 22, at 8 p.m. ET, I’m going live to share the details on Apple’s big announcement – and what’s coming next.
As I’ll explain, this is a potentially life-changing opportunity… And right now is the perfect time for investors to get in position…
So, if you’d like to tune in and learn the latest… please go here to RSVP for this exclusive event.
I hope to see you there.
Editor, The Bleeding Edge