With the latest iPhone slated for release this September, consumers prepare to camp out at Apple storefronts, but dedicated iPhone users aren’t the only ones anticipating the release. Besides consumers, investors look forward to the big release and wonder what lies in store for Apple stocks. Yes, Apple has always experienced great success with sales when it comes to a new release, however, the smartphone market is changing almost daily with the rapid advancement of technology and other high profile releases coming in the next few months. Although things could change drastically by the time the September release rolls around, there are still a few speculations for what Apple investors can expect after the release:
According to a recent poll by RBC Capital Markets, half the people planning to upgrade say they will pick up an iPhone in the next three months. More importantly 35% of smartphone consumers say they will switch to an iPhone with a larger screen. Word on the street is that Apple is developing 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screen options for $199 and $299, respectively, which would satisfy droves of big screen junkies out there.
The Rumor Mill
On top of the desire to upgrade in general, rumors run rampant on the internet, ramping up consumer interest for the big release. Phone thickness may measure as little as 7mm, making it one of the thinnest smartphones on the market. Use of “quantum dots” could sharpen up screen display. The display could be made from scratch resistant sapphire crystal, making cracked screens a problem of the past. New chips could double video and music download speed, expand Wi-Fi range, and improve battery life. Optical image stabilization may improve photo quality. And healthcare software may allow users to track a plethora of personal statistics, from hydration to heart rate. Could new software on the iPhone have a symbiotic relationship with iWatch functions? Seems likely. While all of this “exclusive” technology is an exciting prospect, competitors are working furiously on similar features.
While most speculation suggests a landslide win for the latest iPhone, could things turn out worse than expected? The extreme i-makeover has led to some supply-side setbacks that could delay its full release. Apple has rejected the casings manufactured by Taiwan’s Catcher Technology, opting for a short-term order with Jabil and Foxconn. The result? A supply that could lag far behind demand come September. On top of that, the larger 5.5 (some suggest 5.7) inch display may not be available until 2015 as Apple searches for a battery under 2 mm thick, while current batteries for a 5 point something inch display would be closer to 2.8 or 2.9 mm. The use of NFC (Near-Field Communication) would allow users to treat their phone like a credit or debit card (will wallets be a thing of the past?), but this may raise the price higher than anticipated. Yet Apple fans will likely get what they pay for, if Apple can overcome its manufacturing hurdles.
Some may thing that banking on Apple is an automatic home run. However, this release could be the most prestigious yet, and if things don’t go according to plan, sales could start hurting. If Apple delivers on rumored promises, the iPhone 6 success could skyrocket. However, investors must keep in mind the coming release of a new Galaxy Note, the recent release of the Amazon Fire smartphone, and other technological advancements that could be game changers by the time the iPhone 6 is released. Information for this article was provided by the smartphone experts at Apple Shark who allow you to sell an iPhone 4 and other models, even if the device has sustained damage.