App Store to eclipse worldwide box office revenues sometime this year

App Store revenues may become bigger than the entire worldwide movie-making business sometime this year, with both industries likely to hit the $40 billion mark in the near future…. Read the rest of this post here



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Analyst estimates Apple sold 6+ million iPhone X units over Black Friday weekend

Even though AirPods and iPads topped the list for most popular gadgets during Cyber Monday, Apple sold some crazy amounts of the new iPhone X as well…. Read the rest of this post here



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Analyst says Tesla Model 3 launch could be as big as 2007 iPhone introduction

Gene Munster, a longtime Apple analyst who had been calling for an HD TV set from Apple for years before eventually giving up on that pipe dream, said today that the upcoming release of Tesla’s Model 3 sedan would be as big a launch as the 2007 introduction of the original iPhone.

In a blog post on the Loup Ventures website, Munster writes that the combination of the Model 3’s value and technology has the potential to change the world and accelerate the adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles in the next decade.

“We believe we will eventually look back at the launch of the Model 3 and compare it to the iPhone, which proved to be the catalyst for the shift to mobile computing,” he wrote.

The launch of the vehicle is viewed as Tesla’s make or break moment because Model 3 is the company’s first truly mass-market electric car priced at the sweet spot of $35,000 before federal and state tax incentives.

According to Elon Musk, Tesla is poised to ship about thirty units of the Model 3 sedans on July 28 and ramp up production to 20,000 Model 3 units per month by December of this year.

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Imagining that Tesla could produce an estimated 2.5 million cars by 2025 may seem hard to believe given it only delivered about 100,000 cars in the past year. But as Munster says, car hardware does not scale as easy as software, but it can scale.

“Looking back at the iPhone in 2007 it was a stretch to envision the company producing 50 million phones a year, but in 2015, the company sold 232 million units,” he wrote. Owning a Model 3 is only thirteen percent more expensive than owning a Toyota Camry over a five-year period, estimated the analyst.

It’s important to note that this figure assumes no state or federal tax credits for electric vehicles as the analyst expect those incentives to end before December 2020.

Loup Ventures is a VC fund focused on augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics which Munster founded following his exit from investment firm Piper Jaffray in December of last year, putting an end to Munster’s 21-year career as Piper’s senior Apple analyst.



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Analyst predicts possible prices of iPhone 8 & iPhone 7s/Plus models

Simona Jankowski, an analyst with the multinational finance company Goldman Sachs, predicted that Appe’s OLED-based iPhone 8 could cost $999 for a 128-gigabyte model, or $1,099 for the top-of-the-line model with 256 gigabytes of storage.

“We think the higher demand for the larger 5.8-inch form factor will be supported by the fact that iPhone 8 will have compelling new features not available in the smaller form factors,” like a 5.8-inch OLED display and 3D-sensing augmented reality technology, reads the note.

She told her clients in a note seen by Business Insider that the entry-level models of iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus may be priced at $649 and $769, respectively, like the current iPhone 7 models. The flagship 256GB iPhone 7 Plus model currently retails for $969.

“We expect iPhone 8 to have 128 GB and 256 GB models priced at $999 and $1,099, respectively,” Jankowski and her team wrote in the note to clients. She doesn’t think Apple will offer iPhone 8 with just 32 gigabytes of storage.

Here’s an excerpt from the research note:

Relative to the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, we estimate the new features and higher commodity prices to increase the bill of materials by over $70, which we expect Apple to offset via a $130 price increase, resulting in a starting price of $999 for the 128GB capacity and $1,099 for the 256GB capacity.

The first $1,000 iPhone can drive “meaningful upside,” reads the note.

Goldman Sachs expects these features and costs:

  • 5.8-inch OLED screen (adds $35)
  • No bezel & all screen
  • 3D sensing capabilities (adds $20)
  • Better & faster flash storage and DRAM memory (adds $16 to $29)
  • Capacity starting at 128 gigabytes
  • Apple-desgined A11 processor
  • No Home button
  • Biometric authentication

She believes Apple has now finalized iPhone 8’s design.

“Apple usually explores multiple designs in parallel,” explains her note. “However, with only four months left until launch, we believe Apple has now locked down the design.”

She estimates fiscal 2018 iPhone average selling prices will rise sixteen percent annually to $763 versus the $675 Wall Street consensus.

Due to the expected higher-priced iPhone 8 models, Goldman Sachs has raised its estimates further above consensus, setting its Apple price target to $170 from $164, representing ten percent upside from Thursday’s close, and raising its Apple fiscal 2018 earnings-per-share forecast to $11.50 from $11.00 versus the Wall Street average of $10.40.

Fast Company was first to report back in February that the flagship iPhone 8 model could cost north of $1,000 due to advanced technologies and premium parts.



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Analyst: Apple poised for a “decade-long malaise” as it “lacks the courage to lead innovation”

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Apple’s reliance on the iPhone is well documented, but that didn’t stop analysts at Oppenheimer from issuing an unusually scathing investor memo describing “strategic issues” at the Cupertino firm.

In the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, analyst Andrew Uerkwitz and his team charge Apple for being too reliant on the iPhone and headed in the wrong direction, saying the company “lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation”…. Read the rest of this post here



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Analyst: iPhone 8 will rock Galaxy Edge-like wraparound AMOLED screen

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IHS Technologies analyst Kevin Wang writes on Chinese social network Weibo that the iPhone 8, which we believe will release in the fall of 2017, will come outfitted with a dual-curved display similar to that found on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 edge, for a virtually bezel-less appearance. He also said just yesterday the next iPhone would replace the entry-level 16GB tier with a more capacious 32GB SKU…. Read the rest of this post here



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KGI: Apple to produce one iPhone 7 Plus model with dual lens and 3GB RAM

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In somewhat surprising news, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst, claims that Apple’s next iPhone will have just one model. Previous rumors have pointed to the next iPhone coming in three models: a 4.7-inch ‘iPhone 7’, a 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ and so-called ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ with some premium features like a dual-lens camera system and fifty percent more RAM.

According to Kuo’s note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, Apple plans to produce a single iPhone 7 Plus after all. The ‘Plus’ edition of the next iPhone will come outfitted with a dual-lens camera and have three gigabytes of RAM versus two gigabytes of RAM on the iPhone 6/6s generation…. Read the rest of this post here



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One of the most reliable Apple analysts doesn’t see “many attractive selling points for iPhone 7”

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has arguably the strongest track record among his peers when it comes to anticipating unreleased Apple products. That being said, his most recent research note that he issued to clients last evening is something of a surprise to ardent Apple watchers.

In it, the revered analyst pours cold water on various iPhone 7 expectations, stating he doesn’t see “many attractive selling points” for the upcoming handset. A copy of Kuo’s note to clients was obtained by AppleInsider.

As a matter of fact, Kuo believes Apple will be the only top-five smartphone vendor to see its shipments decline this year before they rebound in 2018, in time for a rumored monster iPhone 8 refresh…. Read the rest of this post here



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KGI: major iPhone redesign due in 2017 with all-glass enclosure, AMOLED Retina screen and more

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An iPhone 7, which we expect will launch this fall, won’t differ much from the existing iPhone 6/6s design style because Apple is saving a major visual refresh of its smartphone for 2017, according to a research note Sunday by well-informed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The note, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, quotes the analyst as saying that a 2107 iPhone refresh will bring not only the rumored jump to the superior AMOLED display technology but a whole new design language for the iconic smartphone that will ditch the all-metal appearance in favor of an all-glass enclosure…. Read the rest of this post here



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KGI analyst predicts 25 percent lower Apple Watch shipments this year

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is one of the most reliable Apple analyst out there, estimated in a note sent to clients Monday that shipments of the Apple Watch will decline 25 percent in the calendar 2016, despite the expected introduction of a second-generation model some time later this year.

According to the note, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, Apple will sell a total of 7.5 million Apple Watch units this year versus an estimated 10.6 million Apple Watch sales in 2015…. Read the rest of this post here



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