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Apple Stock News: Holiday Season Won’t Impress, But Future Still Solid

Apple Stock News

Holiday Season Won’t Impress, But Future Still Solid

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $156.99 per share on October 13th, 2017. It generated a profit of 0.63% from its previous close on October 12th, 2017, when it closed at $156.00 per share.

 

Production problems will likely hamper the supply of the iPhone X in the holiday quarter and first quarter of 2018.  This can be seen already with the first batch of 46,500 units that Foxconn just started to ship.  First batches of previous models were significantly higher than 46,500 units.  Apple has reportedly run into major issues mass producing the True Depth camera sensor that is a part of the new Face ID system.  This is unfavorable news because the demand is definitely there right now.  In a recent survey, over 70% of prospective iPhone X buyers plan to buy the phone very soon or before the end of the year.  It remains to be seem just how much of that demand will go unfulfilled in the coming months.

The short term narrative for Apple is not strong.  Q4 2017 and Q1 2018 could very easily have falling unit sales YoY.  This is also happening in a growing market.  Apple will likely lose market share.  But what matters is profits.  For the iPhone X, there is still some uncertainty on whether it will be a net plus or net minus gross margin-wise compared to the previous generation iPhone.  However, most analysts seem to be in the stable or net plus camp.  It is known that the component costs for the X model increased drastically from previous years, but so did the selling price.  We also don’t know if Apple negotiated better prices with its suppliers.

Longer Term

Longer term, the Apple story is solid.  Many consumers are still going to upgrade their handsets and the iPhone X has truly excited consumers.  Assuming the X model won’t hurt the profit margin, it should be a good year for Apple.  Not to mention that more than half of consumers plan on buying the $1,149 256GB X model as opposed to the $999 64GB X model.  That should give the profit margin a boost.

In other news, Qualcomm Inc has filed lawsuits in China seeking an injunction against the manufacture and sale of the Apple iPhone in the world’s biggest market.  The suits were filed in a Beijing intellectual property court where the claim was patent infringement.  Apple along with many other major companies are in a global legal battle on the practice of charging a percentage of the total price of products as a licensing fee for using patents, a practice that benefits Qualcomm immensely.

Lastly, a recent survey bodes well for the Apple Watch sales.  15% of iPhone users said they plan to buy the product along with a new iPhone.

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Apple Stock News: Unifying User Experience With Face ID Technology

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $155.84 per share on October 9th, 2017. It generated a profit of 0.35% from its previous close on October 6th, 2017, when it closed at $155.3 per share.

Rumors are being spread that the next model of the iPad Pro, to be released next year, will include Apple’s Face ID technology. According to historically accurate analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, of KGI Securities, the upcoming generation of iPad Pro will come with depth-sensing cameras, which are already present in iPhone X, allowing this new facial recognition tech to be available.

The expectations are that the TrueDepth camera will only be offered on the iPad Pro models and not in the cheaper ones. This tech hasn’t yet been tested and approved by customers, since the iPhone X will only hit stores on November 3rd, 2017.

Despite this, Ming believes that the 2018 iPhones, non-X models, might also adopt the Face ID technology. Everything depends on the success of the tech after this year’s release.

Implementing Face ID on iPad Pro would unify user experience across Apple’s mobile devices, therefore, boosting Apple’s competitiveness. Once all high-end iOS devices are equipped with the same advanced technology, Apple’s ecosystem development will also benefit.

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Apple Stock News: Which New iPhone Has Higher Margins?

Apple Stock News: Which New iPhone Has Higher Margins?

October 4, 2017

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $154.48 per share on October 3rd, 2017. Its share price increased 0.44% from its previous close on October 2nd, 2017, when it closed at $153.81 per share.

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An interesting question is starting to be asked.  Which new iPhone is more profitable-the iPhone 8 or the iPhone X?  The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are similar to the iPhone 7 in terms of manufacturing cost.  Even so, Apple bumped up the price of these phones compared to the iPhone 7 due to the higher storage capacity of 64 GB.  There is also the option to upgrade to 256 GB storage for $150 which applies to all 2017 models.  These facts indicate a healthy margin for the iPhone 8.  But everyone knows the X starts at $1,000 so shouldn’t it have a higher margin?

$$ for Samsung

Maybe or maybe not.  The X model is believed to cost significantly more to manufacture due to the radical redesign.  An example being the new OLED screens supplied by Samsung as well as the more advanced cameras.  Samsung is estimated to earn at least $110 from each iPhone X model sold which could amount to $4B over the first 20 months after the X model ships according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research.  These new screens cost significantly more than the screens in previous models.  The price of $1,000 might not be enough to make up for the additional new costs and could lead to a lower margin compared to the 8 models.

However, this assumption could get muddled because more than half of the iPhone X consumers are gravitating towards the 256 GB model which costs $150 more than the base model.  That would add to its profitability.  For the iPhone 8, less than half of the customers are expected to buy the 256 GB model.

The iPhone 8  demand is seen as being subpar because consumers are waiting for the release of the iPhone X.  Obviously, Apple and its investors would want to sell more of its most profitable model.  Right now, that model is a mystery.  That being said, with higher prices all around, the iPhone average selling price (ASP) should see a noticeable jump.

In Other News

According to a survey reported to the Financial Times, less than 25% of Chinese consumers who plan to buy a new smartphone would buy an iPhone.  More than 30% would rather buy a Huawei smartphone.  The reasoning is that most of the market growth is going to the mid-market space, not the premium space where Apple operates.

The Trump administration’s proposed tax framework could have a significant effect on Apple.  The framework mentions “rules to protect the U.S. tax base by taxing at a reduced rate and on a global basis the foreign profits of multinational corporations.”  The rate and formula weren’t listed, but this one sentence can have multi-billion dollar implications for multinationals like Apple.  One positive takeaway from the framework is that it would allow Apple to repatriate many years’ worth of foreign earnings at a reduced tax rate which is expected to be in the 10-15% range.

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Apple Stock News: Apple’s New IPhone 8 and 8 Plus Can Fast-Charge

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $154.12 per share on September 29th, 2017. It generated a profit of 0.54% from its previous close on September 28th, 2017, when it closed at $153.28 per share.

The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are coming out with a new feature. Apple launched fast-charging which allows you to quickly recharge your iPhone in a convenient way. Fast-charging enables you to recharge your iPhone battery up to 50% in 30 minutes.

As commonly known for Apple, you will need to buy a few separate accessories to have access to this feature. Apple’s iPhones don’t include any of the required accessories when purchasing the phones themselves. The good news is that fast charging can be done with a third-party USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery or with Apple’s 29W, 61W or 87W USB-C Power Adapter. Despite this, you still need to buy Apple’s USB-C to Lighting cable. Fast-charging capabilities will cost around $70.

Thus, even though this new feature might be a bit expensive, fast-charging is definitely an investment worth making. Fast-charging can make a huge difference and it is great to see that Apple finally introduced it to the iPhone.

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Apple Stock News: Weak iPhone 8 Demand While iPhone X Steals the Spotlight

Apple Stock News: Weak iPhone 8 Demand While iPhone X Steals the Spotlight

September 26, 2017

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $151.89 per share on September 22nd, 2017. Its share price decreased 0.98% from its previous close on September 21, 2017, when it closed at $153.39 per share.

There has been some concern for initial sales of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus since the release.  Most reports tell of subpar demand due to the lack of new and exciting features.  Customers of the iPhone 8 just seem to be upgrading their devices since their current handset is too far behind technologically.  There is no strong enthusiasm for the product.

However, this enthusiasm might just be reserved for the iPhone X which is the most superior handset that Apple offers.  In contrast to the iPhone 8, it has an OLED screen, facial recognition for secure log-in, and a fresh design.  Many consumers will likely wait to buy the X rather than purchase the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus which is more of the same.  The iPhone X goes on sale November 3rd while the iPhone 8 devices were just released on September 22nd.

The day before the special launch of the iPhone 8 handsets on September 12th, the market value of AAPL was $835B.  By market’s close on September 22nd, the market value was $782B.  A loss of over $50B in market capitalization.  According to many analysts, this pullback could be a smart buying opportunity.  Since it’s likely that consumers are waiting to purchase the iPhone X at the expense of the iPhone 8, it could benefit AAPL in the long run because the iPhone X is more expensive and carries a higher profit margin.  That being said, there are whispers that Apple won’t be able to satisfy demand for the iPhone X until 2018.

In Other News

In other news, the new Apple Watch Series 3, which launched the same day as the iPhone 8 devices, has been a surprise hit.  It differs from previous models in that it comes with cellular connectivity.  It doesn’t need to be near an iPhone to be fully functional.  As opposed to the iPhone 8, many stores actually sold out of their Apple Watch products.  Anecdotal accounts even show that half of consumers in line are waiting for this product.

Additionally, Apple announced that starting September 25th, the default web search in Siri and Spotlight will switch from Bing to Google. It has been estimated that Google will pay Apple approximately $3B to be the default search engine on the iPhones and iPads.

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Apple Stock News: Apple Special Event Launch New Products

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $159.88 per share on September 15th, 2017. It generated a profit of 1.01% from its previous close on September 14th, 2017, when it closed at $158.28 per share.

On September 12th, 2017, customers were really anxious to discover what Apple Special Event was going to unveil for the celebration of iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

Apple Special Event launched four new products. Firstly, Apple introduced the new generation of iPhone. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have an all-new glass design, water resistance, an updated camera, wireless charging and the iOS 11 version.

Furthermore, Apple announced its most premium iPhone X with an all screen display, all-new design and wireless charging as in the iPhones 8 and 8 Plus. Another new feature in iPhone X is the TrueDepth Camera. It consist in a sophisticated technology based on specific machine learning algorithms. This artificial intelligence engine include sensors which enable Face ID recognition, Animojis and augmented reality apps.

In addition, Apple has also launched the Apple TV 4K which allows you to watch movies and shows in 4K HDR quality and the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity.

Hence, Apple again proved to revolutionize the industry.

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Apple Stock News: Apple began developing A11 in parallel with A8 chip

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $159.88 per share on September 15th, 2017. It generated a profit of 1.01% from its previous close on September 14th, 2017, when it closed at $158.28 per share.

Apple vice-presidents Phill Shiller and Johny Srouji gave a short interview to Mashable; they talked about the process of developing the A11 Bionic chip.

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As it turned out, the development of a new generation processor began back in the days of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which has been shipped with the A8 chip.

According to Srouji, several years ago the company did not even think about computer training and artificial intelligence. Then they just bet on the development of technology for three years.

Plans for the future technology development have always changed, while new people and new ideas arrived.  Srouji noted that the A11 Bionic chip is the most efficient in complex tasks requiring multiple cores.

 

 

The chip also has a built-in Apple neural engine, used in Face ID and Animoji, as well as other machine learning algorithms. According to Shiller, it can handle up to 600 billion operations per second.

The engine is used not only to recognise faces but also objects of augmented reality. And all this with the help of neural networks, machine learning or in-depth learning (part of machine learning).

Heads of the company made a separate accent that the decision to integrate the engine into the mathematical processor, not the graphics processor, is due to increased energy efficiency.

Apple Stock News: A $1,000 iPhone X From Apple Will Find Many Eager Buyers

Apple Stock News

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $161.5 per share on September 11th, 2017. It generated a profit of 1.80% from its previous close on September 9th, 2017, when it closed at $158.63 per share.

On this Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, launching its new version, in California.

Recently, a new leak revealed details about apple’s upcoming products. Therefore, according to it, the new iPhone will be called iPhone X. It might utilize “FACE ID” technology to unlock the phone, a display that covers the whole front, wireless charging, improved camera and no home button. With its price rumored to be around $1,000, the new iPhone version might be the most expensive yet sold.

The launching might also include additional products. The updated version of last year’s model:  iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, new Apple Watch, Apple TV with 4K, HomePod speakers and iOS 11 may be unveil on this Tuesday.

According to I Know First Senior Analyst Motek Moyen, in this article, investors should expect that the iPhone X will find tens of millions of buyers and that it will probably outsells the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Since higher prices raises the average selling prices of iPhone, Motek emphasizes that it can increase Apple’s operating margins.

Apple’s Special Event will take place at Steve Jobs Theater at 10 a.m. PDT. Hence, the market is looking forward to discovering the upcoming news from one of the world’s most valuable companies.

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Apple Stock News: Possibilities of Becoming a $1 Trillion Company

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $158.63 per share on September 8th, 2017. It generated a return of -1.63% from its previous close on September 7th, 2017, when it closed at $161.26 per share.

Expectations for a stock spike have become more and more intense as the date of Apple’s unveiling of their three new iPhones approaches.  In two days we will finally know all of the new features and specifics that the new smartphone will offer. This will give much more clarity to investors that are not sure whether Apple Inc. is a good investment or not.

However, there are very optimistic investors out there, with many believing that if the iPhone is a home-run, then Apple has a shot of becoming a $1 trillion company. With a market capitalization of $830B, Apple actually has a realistic chance to get to reach the milestone by 2018. This chance is only attainable if every segment on Apple has strong performance in the coming quarters. All segments appear to be working in highly important projects, below they are listed.

  • Wearables: Biggest product is Apple Watch which completely dominates the smartwatch industry. Apple is reportedly adding a 4G ability to it, so customers can listen to music or Facetime with it.
  • Home: Apple joined the battle for home products. They will introduce HomePod, a high-quality speaker with Siri as a personal assistant. Amazon’s Echo and Dot have taken the lead.
  • Software: New iOS 11 will be available in all new iPhones, plus another 500 million existing products. Will offer a futuristic look and option for Augmented Reality.

With all of these having strong performances it would be very likely that Apple will get to the sought-after goal.

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Apple Stock News: Steve Jobs Theatre Hosts The Very First Apple Event

Apple Stock News: Steve Jobs Theatre hosts the very first Apple event on Sept. 12th

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $164.05 per share on September 1, 2017. It generated a return of 0.05% from its previous close on August 31th, 2017, when it closed at $164.00 per share.

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From the very beginning of construction works, there wasn’t any single photo of Steve Jobs Theatre insides. Every drone youtube video just showed ground level glass lobby, and it’s not much as the theatre is underground.

Two days ago some user uploaded photos to Google maps, which give us a good look at how does auditorium look like before Apple’s September 12 event.

Photos of underground theatre were shared at the end of June but were shared by MacMagazine only now. They give a good view of what the theatre will look like.

In July journalists got their first good look at the upper-level lobby of the theatre. They suggested the exterior works will finish in August and Apple could bring its event there in September. Apple confirmed it two days ago.

New Steve Jobs theatre pics show the full-on construction mode. Now, since two months passed, stage main works should be finished. Just some details to be polished to perfection before the very first event to host.

The theatre features a 1000-seat below ground auditorium. In addition to carbon fibre roof, 20-foot glass walls, and traditional for the company all-white minimal design of the lobby, final touches can include some natural wood finishes to bring warmth to the underground hall.

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