All the big Apple analysts are predicting iPhone sales decline

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Apple is reportedly experimenting with five different iPhone 7s.
Ain't that just the way that sales go down, down, down, down.
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Apple has never reported a decline in iPhone sales. That may be about to change, however, with seven top Apple analysts all predicting that the company is either experiencing — or on the verge of experiencing — a drop in the number of iPhones being bought.

Gene Munster admits he got Apple all wrong (again)

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Apple is investigating battery issues for the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone Upgrade Program could be a monster hit for Apple.
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Hit-and-miss Apple analyst Gene Munster has admitted he couldn’t have been more wrong about the likely customer uptake of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, the $32+ per month scheme designed to get new iPhones into the hands of people happy to pay a monthly fee to Apple.

Top Apple analyst believes a 4-inch iPhone isn’t worth Apple’s time

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Will the iPhone 6c be a flop like the 5c?
Would the 4-inch iPhone be a waste of time?
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We’ve heard plenty of conflicting reports about when we should expect a new smaller, 4-inch iPhone “c” from Apple, but Piper Jaffray’s resident Apple analyst Gene Munster suggests that Cupertino would be wasting its time by releasing a sequel to 2013’s iPhone 5c.

Why? Because, Munster claims, customers don’t really want smaller handsets at all.

iPhone 7 may feature home-buttonless design, predicts analyst

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Repairing your homebutton could brick your iPhone.
Repairing your homebutton could brick your iPhone.
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We won’t get a peak of the iPhone 7 until late next year, but when we do its biggest feature may be that it comes without it’s most iconic pieces of hardware: the home button.

Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster is infamous in the Apple community for his incessant predictions that Apple is making a television set. Now the analyst is dipping into some iPhone 7 speculation, claiming that by ditching the home button, the iPhone 7 will come in a smaller form-factor but pack the same screen size.

Munster says you won’t be buying an Apple Car for close to a decade

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Apple Car could be up to 10 years away.
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Project Titan, Apple’s hundreds-strong car initiative, may be continuing to ramp up, but according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, it’ll be a while before we see an Apple car.

In a new research note to clients, Munster suggests that an Apple-branded automobile is close to a decade away — although that’s not going to stop it from affecting Apple’s stock price in the meantime.

Because who needs more than rumors to decide how Apple’s doing, right?