apple has a fairly regular release schedule, followed by the loyal willing to buy the shiny new product. I question if their market growth is sustainable. The iphone is no longer special and the ipad wont be unique much longer. Maybe they have new magical product on the way...
+Chris Harrison You're right, it has to be a new category. TV is interesting, but very low margin and high cost. What else is there? To continue this growth, Apple has to invent a new iPhone or iPad every couple of years ... and continue to grow the existing platforms.
Apple will always have it's competitors. Tablets vs. iPads. iPhones vs. Androids. Mac vs. PC. So on and so forth. Sure these products are now nothing special, but they are the epitome of its class. Apple will for the most part always be the trendsetter in the market. Cloud computing is what I think is the next big money maker for tech companies. Apple however will never be a monopoly, esp not with companies like Google around ready to step on Apple's toes.
The growth of the apps/music/movies/books/tv ecosystem is the "next big thing". It's not going to push the top line as quickly -- that's clear -- but the snowball effect on the bottom line promises to be breathtaking. And, +Bill Gross the answer to your question is: Not a chance.
I am in love with Apple as well, but I can't help looking at the chart and wondering how much longer Apple can sustain this amazing performance. I hope it is for a long time, but it reminds me of the song that goes "What goes up, must come down..."