Wanted Dead or Alive? Tim Cook sets analysts straight on the Apple iPhone X

The news appeared ominous. Apple suppliers had record inventory of chips due to lower sales of a high-end phone. A company that sells technology allowing phone assemblers to precisely fit an OLED display reported lower growth. The phone in question is the Apple iPhone X, and since the beginning of this year there was talk that Apple was cutting orders for the phone by 50%.

Celebrated Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shocked many in January by saying that the company would cease production of the tenth anniversary model by the middle of this year. That was followed by more recent reports to clients …


Analysts expect Apple to report sales of 52 million iPhone units for fiscal Q2, up 2.4% YOY

After the stock market closes at 4pm in New York today, Apple will release its fiscal second quarter earnings. Wall Street analysts expect Apple to report sales of 52 million Apple iPhone units during the three month period, which ran from January through March. That would be a 2.4% hike from the 50.8 million handsets that Apple sold during the same quarter last year. It also would be a traditional decline from the previous quarter, which includes the holiday shopping season. In that quarter, Apple sold a record 77.3 million iPhone handsets, 27 million of which were the iPhone X.

With the …

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Analysts see uphill climb for Apple HomePod as Amazon and Google rule smart speaker market

2017 was the first year that smart speakers became extremely popular as Christmas and Chanukah gifts. Amazon, who created the category in 2015 with the Amazon Echo, has a huge lead in market share over Google and its Google Home series. This past holiday shopping season saw both Amazon and Google fight over market share by cutting the price on their low-end smart speaker. Combined, both firms have a large lead in smart speaker market share.

During the holidays, the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini were both priced at $29. Both were about $50 prior to the sale. Amazon’s cost to produce …

Citi analysts say that there's a 4-in-10 chance that Apple buys Netflix


Apple is sitting with a vault so full of money that even Scrooge McDuck is jealous. Every now and then, Apple uses some of this money to make a small acquisition. For example, the company recently took $400 million out of petty cash to buy music discovery app Shazam. The largest acquisition that Apple has made by itself is the $3 billion it spent to purchase Beats Audio. But if a pair of Citi analysts are correct, there is a chance that Apple will top that record by a factor of approximately 34.

According to Citi analysts Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant, there is a 40% possibility that Apple …

The iPhone X is in the thoughts and prayers of many potential buyers, tip analysts

More than a third of the respondents in a Barclay’s survey who intend to get an iPhone, are eyeing the X. This is good news for Apple, as those indicate a healthy interest in the latest and greatest iPhone going forward. Out of a thousand people in different target demographics and major Western markets plus China, probed on their intention for a phone purchase, 62% indicated acquisition of a new handset in the next year, and 54% of those wanted to go with some kind of an iPhone. 

What’s more, the survey found that there may be 23% switchers, coming …

Analysts expect 'aggressive' iPhone X deals for Black Friday from T-Mobile and Sprint

It ain’t over until it’s over, a wise man once said, and a seemingly wise decision by carriers not to enter any iPhone price wars this holiday season like last year, may soon change when Black Friday hits. After their failed merger talks, both T-Mobile and Sprint are primed for a subscribers fight, and are preparing iPhone X deals that might force Verizon and AT&T to take a hit on their margins, too.

“We suspect the need to maintain net (subscriber) add momentum will drive Sprint and T-Mobile to offer aggressive promotions starting around Black Friday (Nov. 24 following Thanksgiving),” …

Apple shares hit an all-time high as analysts say that iPhone X pre-orders are ahead of expectations

Apple’s market capitalization hit an all-time high today when the company’s shares hit $168.07 during the NASDAQ trading day. And while the stock closed trading on Monday at $166.72, up $3.67 for the day, Apple’s current valuation of  $861 billion brings it closer to being the first company to be worth $1 trillion. To hit that mark, Apple would have to rise 16% to $193.64.

The catalyst for the rally is the strong showing made by the Apple iPhone X once pre-orders were opened up Friday morning. Apple said that orders for the tenth anniversary model were “off the charts,” and that the …

Flexible OLED display shortages may continue for several years, analysts claim

After the word got out about Apple’s decision to move to flexible OLED displays with the upcoming iPhone 8, news of panel shortages started flying around pretty quickly, with some people going as far as claiming the company’s upcoming premium won’t make it in time for the traditional mid-September launch. But while that latter part is almost certainly false, flexible OLED shortages sure seem to be a real problem, and also one that will continue existing for the next few years, according to a new report from Chinese research firm Sigmaintell.

As …

Wall Street analysts predict when the Apple iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 will launch

There have been a number of rumors suggesting that the tenth anniversary iPhone model, dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, will arrive late. One report had the device launching late in the calendar fourth quarter as Apple tries to decide whether it can place Touch ID under the front screen, or put a button on the back of the handset. As it turns out, a facial recognition system using 3D-scanning seems the most likely answer to keeping the model free from buttons on the front of the device.

After reporting its fiscal third quarter earnings report yesterday, Apple released some estimates about its …