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Question of how much more can Apple grow surfaces again

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AN onstage interview with Tim Cook on Tuesday turned into a mini-debate about mathematics that left everybody in the audience a little bit dumber. Gary Cohn, the president of Goldman Sachs Group, opened the presentation by rattling off several numbers from Mr Cook's tenure as Apple chief executive officer, including the monster quarter the company just posted. "So far, Apple seems fairly undeterred by the law of large numbers," Mr Cohn said.

The law of large numbers has come up frequently in relation to Apple this decade - including when Steve Jobs was in charge but especially now that the company has surpassed a market value of US$700 billion. Analysts refer to this math theory to explain...

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