Wall Street expects iPhone 4 to impress, boost sales for Apple

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Following the introduction of iPhone 4, Wall Street analysts said Apple will see even greater sales of its handset in the next year driven by consumer demand for the impressive new hardware.



Analysts said they were satisfied by Apple's presentation, despite the fact that many surprises were previously spoiled by a handful of high-profile leaks, revealing the new design of the latest iPhone. But those public teardowns of inoperable hardware couldn't show off some of the handset's features, including the new Retina Display and the incorporation of a gyroscope.



Piper Jaffray



Analyst Gene Munster said Apple's latest iPhone is "significantly more advanced than the next best alternative." He expects Wall Street's current average quarterly iPhone sales estimates of 8.7 million to move higher after the debut of iPhone 4.



Munster said that the iPhone continues to take market share from other device categories, as Apple's handset gains more features and becomes more capable.



"The gee-whiz feature of iPhone 4 is FaceTime (videochat), adding yet another feature which historically was tied to a personal computer," he said. "iPhone 4 also adds an HD video camera, iMovie for the iPhone and the ability to run multiple apps at the same time, collectively creating an integrated experience that used to require multiple devices. The bottom line is the iPhone is taking unit and dollar share from other device categories."



Because he believes iPhone 4 is the most significant improvement to the hardware line yet, Munster said more users will be inclined to upgrade than opted with last year's iPhone 3GS.



Oppenheimer



"William Tell would hate this Apple," analyst Yair Reiner wrote, referring to the folk hero of Switzerland.



Despite the "dribble of leaks" before Monday's keynote, he said, Apple's latest iPhone "catapults the smartphone category forward along every axis of relevance to consumers: OS sophistication, speed, battery life, display resolution, video connectivity and camera quality. If products like the HTC Incredible demonstrate that Apple's competitors have significantly improved their game, the iPhone 4 suggests the stronger competition has sparked an almost fierce level of innovation at Apple."



Reiner also provided details on the new 5 megapixel camera in the iPhone, capable of recording 720p video. Citing checks with suppliers, he said the new module is "orders of magnitude more sophisticated than anything previously attempted in a smartphone."



After its debut in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K. and Japan on June 24, iPhone 4 will quickly ramp up to 87 total countries by September. This quicker-than-expected global launch caused Reiner to raise his estimates for Apple's third fiscal quarter of 2010 to $14.8 billion in revenue and $3.07 in earnings per share, up from $13.6 billion and $2.71, respectively.



Kaufman Bros.



Analyst Shaw Wu said the new form factor and software will serve as a "powerful catalyst" for sales of iPhone 4. He said the price points of $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB are aggressive.



Wu said the most intriguing new features of Apple's latest handset are FaceTime video chat, the new HD screen dubbed Retina Display, folders in iOS for better management of applications, and the incorporation of a gyroscope which will lead to a "new generation of software, particularly gaming, featuring 6-axis motion control."



Wu has modeled sales of 8.05 million iPhones for the June quarter, a number he said is likely conservative. He said he will modify his estimates once he can see how iPhone 4 production is coming along through supply chain checks.



J.P. Morgan Research



Mark Moskowitz said iPhone 4 offers "suitable advancements," which will help to assure that Apple will maintain its leadership role in the smartphone market. He said key features are FaceTime, Retina Display, multitasking, and the introduction of iBooks and iMovie applications for the iPhone.



"In the next 12 months, we expect Apple to benefit from the churn effect," Moskowitz wrote. "In other words, we think the new iPhone 4 stands to increase adoption rates by new customers and also accelerate rates from existing customers. The new features, particularly the FaceTime video chat, will likely reassert the iPhone as the must-have device for users seeking advanced wireless handset connectivity solutions."



He said that some investors may be disappointed that Apple maintained the same $199/16GB and $299/32GB prices and did not decrease the average selling price of the iPhone, but he believes the advanced features in iPhone 4 offset that. He said it is the hardware itself and the App Store that sell the iPhone, not pricing.



Caris & Company



Analyst Robert Cihra said although Apple did not announce a Verizon-compatible CDMA phone on Monday, its inevitable announcement is a "when," not "if." The benefit from a stock perspective, he said, is that Apple continues to have a "back-pocket catalyst" which it will introduce one day.



He has raised his iPhone estimate for the June quarter to 8.7 million, up from 7.7 million. He noted that sales of 41 million iPhones in calendar year 2010 would give Apple just 17 percent of the smartphone market and 3 percent of the cell phone market, leaving plenty of room to grow.



Cihra also took the opportunity to increase his iPad estimates for the year, and now expects Apple to sell 11 million devices in calendar year 2010. That nearly doubles his previous estimate of 6 million for the year. Apple did not provide new iPad estimates on Monday, but instead reiterated that the device had sold 2 million in less than two months.



Caris & Company has raised its price target for Apple stock to $325, up from $310.



RBC



Mike Abramsky said iOS is more than just a renaming of its mobile operating system, it's a continued "assault" on "dominating personal computing."



"Apple now brings iOS's simplicity, user experience, iTunes integration, developer momentum and cross-platform across all future Apple mobile devices (expects to ship 100 million 'iOS devices' in June), gaining scale as smartphones/iPads outsell PCs," Abramsky wrote.



He said that Apple's closed system works to its advantage, allowing it to develop "super apps" like iMovie that take full advantage of Apple's vertical integration of hardware and software. He expects Apple to release more advanced applications on the App Store in the future.



RBC estimated that between 18 million and 20 million iPhone 2G and 3G owenrs are upgrade eligible, and a survey of 1,000 respondents found that 50 percent were "likely to upgrade." Abramsky said that equates to between 9 million and 10 million likely iPhone 4 sales based on upgrades alone.



Broadpoint AmTech



Analyst Brian Marshall said he was "thoroughly impressed" by the Steve Jobs keynote on Monday. But he noted there weren't any "material surprises," thanks in large part to a number of high-profile leaks prior to the Worldwide Developers Conference.



"Nonetheless, we walked away even more confident in our iPhone estimates (8.8mil, 40.0mil and 50.0mil for June '10, CY10 and CY11 respectively)," Marshall wrote. "In our view, we believe the potential is great for the gross margins on the iPhone 4 to exceed the margins on the iPhone 3GS due to higher levels of integration and cost downs of components."
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  • bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,719member
    It usually takes a day or two to shake the initial dissapointments that inevitably result after a major keynote... No 64GB option? No RAM increase? Underclocked A4? Only 5 MP? LOL! That is the downside of breathless anticipation and speculative hype.

    Still, this already looks like a solid upgrade. I had not expected to be elegable for the best prices yet, so I hadn't really considered jumping in anytime soon (the 3GS is doing just fine) but this update does have me interested!
  • richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Reiner also provided details on the new 5 megapixel camera in the iPhone, capable of recording 720p video. Citing checks with suppliers, he said the new module is "orders of magnitude more sophisticated than anything previously attempted in a smartphone."



    I'd love to see some verification of this statement. Maybe a shoot-off with the Nokia N8 or the Sony Ericsson Satio?
  • kilimanjarokilimanjaro Posts: 189member
    Every analysts are pouring caramel syrup and whip cream with cherry on top over Apple's upcoming quarterly sales estimation, this definitely make lots of APPL stock holders happy..

    But really, iPhone 3G/3GS owners, are you really going to upgrade to iPhone 4?
  • stardustagstardustag Posts: 11member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kilimanjaro View Post


    Every analysts are pouring caramel syrup and whip cream with cherry on top over Apple's upcoming quarterly sales estimation, this definitely make lots of APPL stock holders happy..

    But really, iPhone 3G/3GS owners, are you really going to upgrade to iPhone 4?



    I am!
  • gchristegchriste Posts: 43member
    I am as well
  • kilimanjarokilimanjaro Posts: 189member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bageljoey View Post


    It usually takes a day or two to shake the initial dissapointments that inevitably result after a major keynote... No 64GB option? No RAM increase? Underclocked A4? Only 5 MP? LOL! That is the downside of breathless anticipation and speculative hype.

    Still, this already looks like a solid upgrade. I had not expected to be elegable for the best prices yet, so I hadn't really considered jumping in anytime soon (the 3GS is doing just fine) but this update does have me interested!



    Some people are sometimes just simply hard to be satisfied..

    The longer the anticipation is, the more outrageous are the speculations, and the more we'll be disappointed..*

    This got my interest; if the new iPhone 4 doesn't have all the mentioned new features (like Retina Display, gyroscope, FaceTime, etc.) and just physical form change with little hardware update such as A4 processor, will you still be interested making an upgrade from your current iPhone?



    *Note: sorry if I didn't say it right..



    PS. how do you say bagel? I used to say it like Britta (in the Community tv series, season 1 episode 17) do..
  • adamiigsadamiigs Posts: 355member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kilimanjaro View Post


    Every analysts are pouring caramel syrup and whip cream with cherry on top over Apple's upcoming quarterly sales estimation, this definitely make lots of APPL stock holders happy..

    But really, iPhone 3G/3GS owners, are you really going to upgrade to iPhone 4?



    yuppers
  • ilogicilogic Posts: 298member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by stardustag View Post


    I am!



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gchriste View Post


    I am as well



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AdamIIGS View Post


    yuppers



    Not I, 3Gs is just fine, really what is the rush, next June, iOS 5 blows the socks off of iOS 4 at the rate Apple is moving. Wasn't there a quote recently from someone at Apple that through the aggressive updates they would leave the competition in the dust?
  • serkolserkol Posts: 39member
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    Originally Posted by Bageljoey View Post


    Only 5 MP? LOL!



    Digital cameras are in mass production for 10 years or so, but MOST people are still absolutely ignorant about their specifics... I'm sad...



    iPhone's 5MP are WAY BETTER than the other smart phone's 8 MP. WAY WAY BETTER.



    Because:



    1. Individual pixels in the iPhone camera are HUGE compared to other smart phone's cameras. It's 1.75 micron - it's almost the same as in Canon's point-and-shoot cameras (but of coarse much smaller then in DSLRs, which have pixels of around 6-8 micron).



    Larger pixels collect more light, and have much less noise.



    2. Pixels are "back-illuminated". This means that there are no wires on top of the light-collecting surface. In the traditional front-illuminated sensor there are wires on top of the silicon - and the light does not go through metal wires. Back-illuminated sensors collect more light.



    I'm very glad that Apple mentioned the pixel size in the keynote. I hope they keep mentioning and explaining it to the unwashed masses :-)
  • anmarkleanmarkle Posts: 15member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kilimanjaro View Post


    Every analysts are pouring caramel syrup and whip cream with cherry on top over Apple's upcoming quarterly sales estimation, this definitely make lots of APPL stock holders happy..

    But really, iPhone 3G/3GS owners, are you really going to upgrade to iPhone 4?



    I am. I actually can't wait. This upgrade is significant enough that all 3GS owners who are eligible should jump on it.
  • anmarkleanmarkle Posts: 15member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kilimanjaro View Post


    Some people are sometimes just simply hard to be satisfied..

    The longer the anticipation is, the more outrageous are the speculations, and the more we'll be disappointed..*

    This got my interest; if the new iPhone 4 doesn't have all the mentioned new features (like Retina Display, gyroscope, FaceTime, etc.) and just physical form change with little hardware update such as A4 processor, will you still be interested making an upgrade from your current iPhone?



    *Note: sorry if I didn't say it right..



    PS. how do you say bagel? I used to say it like Britta (in the Community tv series, season 1 episode 17) do..



    In that case then no.
  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,558member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anmarkle View Post


    I am. I actually can't wait. This upgrade is significant enough that all 3GS owners who are eligible should jump on it.



    I will, as soon as all the phones on my plan are eligible. (I think it's a bit of BS that phones on the same plan become eligible at different times, months apart.) The only question mark in my mind, which will not stop me from upgrading at all, is the casing.



    It's glass, it's harder than plastic, but is it more impact resistant than plastic? Harder doesn't necessarily equate to better in all situations, and can also mean more brittle. I haven't seen anything that actually addresses this question.





    EDIT: Hmm, "the same type of glass used in the windshields of helicopters and high-speed trains," which sounds pretty impact resistant.
  • beakernx01beakernx01 Posts: 56member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kilimanjaro View Post


    Every analysts are pouring caramel syrup and whip cream with cherry on top over Apple's upcoming quarterly sales estimation, this definitely make lots of APPL stock holders happy..

    But really, iPhone 3G/3GS owners, are you really going to upgrade to iPhone 4?



    No, I'm not ready to jump on this. I've waited two years to get rid of AT&T from my life. I was a Cingular subscriber before AT&T bought them. I would have left then, but the iPhone was announced shortly after. I'll hang tough with my 3G for another year if it means getting off AT&T in 1 year, rather than having to sign on for another 2 years. Of course, I haven't seen the iPhone 4 up close yet. There's always the chance that I'll be seduced...
  • rhyderhyde Posts: 294member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kilimanjaro View Post


    Every analysts are pouring caramel syrup and whip cream with cherry on top over Apple's upcoming quarterly sales estimation, this definitely make lots of APPL stock holders happy..

    But really, iPhone 3G/3GS owners, are you really going to upgrade to iPhone 4?



    If I can take a miniSIM out of a iPhone 4 and plug it into an iPad (and use my iPhone service), I'll be first in line:-).



    If not, the next question I have is whether there is a miniSIM to regular SIM carrier/adapter so I can plug a miniSIM into an iPhone 3GS. AT&T's data plans for the iPad are so onerous that I'm willing to cheat on that one. Maybe if they gave 5GB for $30/month, I'd be willing to stay clean, but as we went through 1.5 GB in two weeks on our current iPad, I don't think that 2GB is enough and more than $30/mo is a bit much. Yeah, we're keeping the $30/mo plan on the iPad we currently have, but the big selling point was the "turn it on as you need it" which has turned into a "if you don't leave it on, you lose it" plan. I would upgrade to an iPhone 4 in a moment if I could take the SIM out and stick it in an iPad.
  • jamesthelesserjamesthelesser Posts: 55member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rhyde View Post




    If not, the next question I have is whether there is a miniSIM to regular SIM carrier/adapter so I can plug a miniSIM into an iPhone 3GS.



    Is this what you're looking for?



    http://microsim-shop.com/
  • rhyderhyde Posts: 294member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JamesTheLesser View Post


    Is this what you're looking for?



    http://microsim-shop.com/



    Thanks, that would be what I'm looking for. I assume that the phone service would work between the two devices when you swap the sim, right?
  • jamesthelesserjamesthelesser Posts: 55member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rhyde View Post


    Thanks, that would be what I'm looking for. I assume that the phone service would work between the two devices when you swap the sim, right?



    I haven't tried it myself yet - i ordered the adapter and its on its way.



    I've heard pretty good results from people who have either activated the mini-SIM from the iPad in their iPhone or cut their iPhone sim down so it fits into the iPad.



    However, there are some settings changes that need to be made in the iPad to get it to work (jailbreaking not necessary from what I understand).



    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...hlight=sim+mod



    I can't confirm this first hand though...although I hope to try it in the next week or so.



    The website that I ordered the adapter from seems pretty legit, and they responded immediately to my order and even sent a follow-up email thanking me for the order. They're European based and the adapter is listed in Euros, but it translated to something like $7 American.



    Good luck if you try it!
  • dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 11,220member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kilimanjaro View Post


    Every analysts are pouring caramel syrup and whip cream with cherry on top over Apple's upcoming quarterly sales estimation, this definitely make lots of APPL stock holders happy..

    But really, iPhone 3G/3GS owners, are you really going to upgrade to iPhone 4?



    Yes... Waiting to preorder!



    .
  • jamesthelesserjamesthelesser Posts: 55member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rhyde View Post


    Thanks, that would be what I'm looking for. I assume that the phone service would work between the two devices when you swap the sim, right?



    Oh, and obviously, when your iPhone activated sim is being used in the iPad for data, you can't take any calls or receive any text messages. Small price to pay to avoid yet another wireless fee, though.
  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,558member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rhyde View Post


    Thanks, that would be what I'm looking for. I assume that the phone service would work between the two devices when you swap the sim, right?



    I think the SIM is locked to the IMEI, so probably not.
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