Will Apple’s fingerprint reader for iPhone makes AAPL a buy?
Fingerprints are one of many forms of biometrics used to identify individuals and verify their identity.
In my opinion this innovation alone is not enough to drive AAPL stock to the north.
I sold my AAPL@635 on October 15 per this signal: /Apple-stock-forecast-January-15-13
IMO time to buy AAPL on dips is still not come
Two iPhones about to ship. Backing up many other reports, sources tell the WSJ that Apple has asked Foxconn parent Hon Hai to begin shipping high-end and cheaper iPhones early next month. AllThingsD recently reported an iPhone launch event is set for September 10.
Agree with you, it is not time to buy:
Global smartphone shipments grew 47% on year to a record 230M units in Q2, research firm Strategy Analytics estimates, with the devices accounting for 59% of all phones sold as the industry benefited from surging demand for 4G models in developed regions and 3G devices in emerging markets.
Samsung held its position as sector leader as its shipments grew 56% to 76M devices, giving it a market share of 33.1%.
Apple's sales rose 20% to 31.2M, leaving it with a lower share of 13.6%.
Reports are piling up that the retina iPad Mini launch is getting pushed back to Q1 '14, and that an incremental Mini update (faster CPU, thinner form factor) may arrive later this year.
NPD's Richard Shim made such a prediction last month, Taiwan's Economic Daily News issued a similar report last week, and now Digitimes has joined the fray, stating a 2014 launch is "likely." Meanwhile, Jefferies' Peter Misek says iPhone 5S production will start later this month, in time for a late-Sep./early Oct. launch.
He thinks total iPhone build plans are at the high end of a 25M-30M range for calendar Q3, and at 50M-55M for calendar Q4, and that the mix has shifted strongly towards a low-cost iPhone
Google's relationship with Apple has improved over the last year, and the tech giants are in "constant business discussions on a long list of issues," says Eric Schmidt.
In spite of their differences, Apple and Google remain quite dependent on each other, and the WSJ reported in April Apple is reluctant to end its iOS search deal with Google. Also:
1) Schmidt predicts commercial use of Google's self-driving tech is years, rather than decades, away, and states Google has talked to "every single car company."
2) Digitimes reports the next-gen Nexus 7 will launch in late July or early August; it's expected to sport a 1980x1200 display, and Wi-Fi-only models will reportedly be priced at $199-$249.
Verizon Wireless is obligated to buy a whopping $23.5B worth of iPhones from Apple this year, about twice as many as it sold in 2012, thinks former Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett after going over the carrier's SEC filings.
Moffett estimates Verizon, which he believes has fallen short of its iPhone purchase commitments each year since it began selling the phone in 2011, could end up owing Apple $12B-$14B at year's end, given sales trends.
Moffett:"It isn’t clear that Apple has any incentive to blow up [its Verizon] relationship by taking a hard line ...
Still, it is likely that Apple would be reluctant to simply ignore these commitments."
1) Apple's lawsuit against Amazon over the name of its app store (Appstore for Android) has been dismissed at the request of both parties. Apple says it "no longer [sees] a need" to pursue the case, given the success of its App Store.
2) Amazon's publishing arm has launched a comic book imprint called Jet City Comics. Series' based on stories from writers Neal Stephenson, Hugh Howey, and George R.R. Martin are on tap. Book publishers haven't been thrilled about Amazon's efforts to compete with them.