Many who own Apple stock (like our T-GAAP college Mark) would say that owning Apple's stock (AAPL) is like being on a roller-coaster ride. However, Apple’s stock over the past 5 years has been more like a gentle hike up a hill, a steeper hill in 2012. Sure, since its height in the Fall of 2012 it has dipped down below the $400 range, but now seems to be back on the rise up that same hill.
Apple’s Big Opportunities This Fall
If you begin to consider the products that Apple has already announced for released this Fall, it is bound to boost the stock upward. There is OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, the totally redesigned Mac Pro and iWork for iCloud. But what about the unannounced products that Apple could add to this line-up any day?
We know the new iPhone is coming (iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 —depending on what seems a better name), but just don't know exactly when. If the high-end iPhone contains the rumored finger print technology the differentiation could yield very big results. In addition there is the rumored “cheap” iPhone, purportedly called the iPhone 5C (the C being for "colors"). All we know is something new is coming with the iPhone product line and it usually means big dollars to the bottom line — which in turn should propel the stock price higher.
There is also AppleTV to consider. An Apple HDTV — not the hockey puck content device, but rather a big flat screen with software integration, has been a buzz ever since the late Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson,
“I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,” “It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.”
We've written about this quite a bit, and we know if Apple does do this, it would be a huge new market for them. Again, think stock price rising.
There is also the iPad mini to consider. This is a huge product for Apple and many (including myself) are sitting on the sidelines waiting for an iPad mini with retina display. There is a strong possibility that this Fall is the right time to launch such a product.
Finally there is the unknown. With multi-billions in cash, Apple can afford to buy up a struggling telecom, a cable network, or whatever. Apple can get into any market it wants very quickly and turn it into a cash generating machine.
It doesn't really matter what you think, it matters what happens and with all the potential products Apple will, and could, release this Fall — the stock will continue to climb higher, much higher.
Disclaimer: Werner Reschke does not own any Apple stock, and is not a financial analyst or financial advisor, and is expressing his personal opinion only.
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