I'm not too huge on the gloom and doom stuff, but Seeking Alpha has a pretty interesting article here http://seekingalpha.com/article/910...-5-design-and-its-effect-on-stock-performance on the presumed flaws of the iPhone 5 and negative implications/effects for investors and stockholders. It concerns the "Scuffgate" dilemma, citing reports saying that potentially 40% of 5's are scuffed right out of the box. That's not a very good number, to say the least, and there are legitimate concerns about supply shortages which could eat into sales. Another thing I found pretty concerning were the statistics on research and development, which I didn't know before. Here's the quote: "One writer thinks this market is maturing, and that Apple is not spending enough on Research and Development to stay ahead of the intense competition. According to his research, Samsung spent $29 billion on R&D last year, which is more than ten times the $2.4 billion that Apple is spending. And according to another report: "Apple is 18th on the list, spending $2.6 billion, behind other technology giants such as Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard and Amazon.com. Apple's R&D spending as a percentage of its revenue of $127.8 billion was 2%."" ---- I think there were some pretty valid points made in the article that have to concern anyone as an investor. It's not the be all end all, of course, but it doesn't illicit confidence. I thought the scuffing was trumped up, but now I have actual concerns considering that story that broke on Friday about the Foxconn rift between workers and management. The R&D thing also came as a bit of a surprise, as that number isn't where it should be in comparison to the competition. It's obviously just a number and doesn't reflect actual results (doing more with less), but there's a large disparity there. Thoughts?