Apple Inc. (AAPL): Huge Barrier For The Company

investingBy failing to hit a truly low pricing point with the iPhone 5C, tech giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) hasn’t done as much to fix its emerging market problems as many investors had hoped.

Although it matters, this isn’t a significant problem in places like China, where Apple has seen some recent wins. However, the full consequences of Apple missing lower pricing points will come home to roost as Apple misses out on other booming smartphone markets like India. Investors should play attention.

The smartphone market in India is one of the fastest-growing major markets in the world; in Q2 ’13 alone, Indian smartphone sales nearly tripled year over year. It’s this kind of heady growth that will drive India to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market by 2017, according to the IDC. And as Apple’s size makes incremental growth harder to find, missed opportunities in growth stories like India will become increasingly harmful to the iPhone maker. In this video, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner looks at some of the issues that are likely to confront Apple as it strives to become a dominant player in the Indian smartphone space in the coming years.

Watch the video below for more details:

Complete List Of iShares Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index Fund ETF (IYW) Holdings

Top 10 Holdings 67.06% of Total Assets as of 9/17/2013
Company Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc. AAPL 18.17
Microsoft Corporation MSFT 9.96
Google Inc. GOOG 9.01
International Business Machines IBM 7.49
Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO 4.97
Oracle Corporation Common Stock ORCL 4.63
QUALCOMM Incorporated QCOM 4.57
Intel Corporation INTC 4.37
EMC Corporation Common Stock EMC 2.17
Hewlett-Packard Company Common HPQ 1.72

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