It is hard to argue with the facts.
This buy call published here on August 16th,
AAPL @ $97.5 on August 16th
Today AAPL@ $102
Good Luck to all of US!
Apple event: iOS 8 to launch, payments solution unveiled, more iPhone 6 buzz • 1:59 PM
Apple plans to launch a mobile payment solution called Pay in a bid to replace physical wallets, credit cards, and other mobile wallet services which have "failed" - according to CEO Tim Cook.
The company will use its Passbook app and a customer's iTunes account details to store payment information, while NFC and touch ID technology will be utilized. The major credit card companies are already on board and Apple is lining up powerhouse banks. Shares of eBay (EBAY -1.9%) have dipped off the development.
Apple will launch iOS 8 on September 17 in front of the September 19 release date for its new iPhone 6 in the U.S.
More on the iPhone 6: Wi-Fi calling will be available for both new products.14 hours of 3G talk time for the 6 and 24 hours for the Plus are promised. The phones feature a new sensor which serves as a barometer to measure elevation changes (Nike (NKE +0.1%) is on board). The 8MP iSight camera appears to be a serious jump in quality (video at 1080p and a slo-mo option at 240 fps). FaceTime gets a serious upgrade through the new front-facing camera. Pricing tops out at $399 for the 128GB iPhone 6 with a two-year contract
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us industrial designer Marc Newson
Marc Newson, whose industrial designs have covered and influenced everything from furniture to watches to electronics to airplanes, will be joining Jony Ive's design team at Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Ive: "Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation ... We are particularly excited to formalize our collaboration as we enjoy working together so much."
A 2012 NYT column: "As a practical matter it’s easier to list what Marc Newson hasn’t designed than what he has ... What gratifies him about the success of Apple products, beyond the fact that the Apple design chief, Jonathan Ive, is one of his best friends, is that it has vindicated the value of design." Newson's designs often rely on a nature-influenced style known as biomorphism.
Apple has already been busy hiring renowned fashion/luxury goods execs ahead of an expected smartwatch launch. High-profile hires have also been made in areas such as health, fitness, and payments
BlackBerry Ltd. has scheduled an announcement for Sept. 24 that is widely believed to be the launch of its Passport device.
On Tuesday, the Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker posted a notice on its official blog about the event to be held in Toronto, London, and Dubai on the same day.
The company did not specify what would be launched or unveiled on Sept. 24th, but Donny Halliwell, BlackBerry’s editor for the Inside BlackBerry blogs, wrote: “Be among the first to ‘See the bigger picture.’ I’ll leave speculation up to you.”
It is likely the launch of BlackBerry’s larger Passport device — a cross between a smartphone and a tablet.
Alibaba is set to be the biggest IPO offering in the history of US stock markets, with $20 billion worth of shares expected to be sold. The record is currently held by Visa Inc’s $19.65 public offering in 2008. According to a poll by Bloomberg, Alibaba is expected to have a mean market cap of $198 billion at the time of IPO.
Munster expects Apple to sell 6.5 million iPhones this time. That is, unless Tim Cook has already filled the channel with new iPhones, in which case he believes first weekend sales could reach 14 million
Based on a Piper Jaffray survey last year of 5S buyers, Munster expects the sapphire iPhone to be the hot seller among early adopters, accounting for 30% of first-weekend sales (better than the 25% who bought the 64-GB iPhone 5S).
Despite all this, he believes Apple will have a hard time beating last year’s three-day 9 million unit sales record. A third of those 9 million iPhones, Munster estimates, were “channel fill” — units replenishing shelves that once held the discontinued iPhone 5.
The real target, he says, is 5.4 million, the number of iPhone 5S units sold in three days last year.
Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster on Tuesday raised his Apple price target to $120 from $105 and offered clients a preview of the media event the company has scheduled for next Tuesday. His version differs in several respects from conventional wisdom in the business press.
Munster expects to see:
An iPhone 6 with a larger screen (4.7-inch), faster (A8) chip, better battery life, more RAM and an improved camera
An iPhone 6L with an even bigger screen (5.5 inch) to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note
A hard sapphire screen on the top-of-the-line 64-GB iPhone 6L
A NFC (near field communications) chip in both phones and some way of showing it off
Good (70% ) chance Apple will unveil a “payment feature,” but not necessarily a full-fledged “payment platform”
50% chance Apple will introduce a watch next week. (Most tech reporters are echoing re/Code’s prediction that a “wearable” will be unveiled a week from today, but won’t ship until next year.
Muster thinks the timing of Apple’s hardware introductions may be driven by the payment feature.