Leading Apple analyst confident 5G iPhone will launch this fall

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A leading Apple analyst is confident Apple will deliver its first iPhone with 5G this fall — despite a Wednesday report that suggested this year’s handsets could be delayed due to COVID-19.

“We have a different view,” wrote Gene Munster of Loup Ventures on Thursday. Muster has outlined several reasons why an iPhone refresh is still likely to come in 2020.

iPhone and AirPods shipping times improve as China restarts manufacturing

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AirPods Pro supplies are starting to catch up with demand.
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Apple’s supply issues for two crucial products appear to finally be getting better, based on tracking data by Loop Ventures.

Both the iPhone and AirPods are starting to ship out to customers sooner than in previous weeks as suppliers in China finally get back up to full speed. The only thing that’s unclear is whether the improved shipping times are due to China getting back to work, or because customers in the U.S. are hunkering down.

Bullish Apple analysts aren’t panicking about China coronavirus … yet

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Bullish Apple analysts aren’t panicking about coronavirus… yet
No need to panic. Right now, at least.
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Wedbush analyst and Apple enthusiast Dan Ives isn’t worried about the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak on Apple’s share price. At least, not yet. In an interview for CNBC show Squawk Box, Ives said he views any dips in Apple’s share price as “buying opportunities.”

And he’s not alone in being optimistic at a time when lots of others are nervous.

Buy! Buy! Gene Munster thinks Apple stock is poised to explode

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Investor thinks Apple stock will shoot up 70% in the next two years.
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If you’re anything like me, you perennially feel like you missed the best time to invest in Apple stock.

In fact, if Loup Ventures analyst and investor Gene Munster is correct, this may be the perfect time to invest all your worldly possessions in AAPL. According to Munster, Apple stock is poised to rocket up 70% in the next two years. That would make Apple a $1.5 trillion company.

Noted analyst lists four ways that 5G will be a huge win for Apple

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No matter what your AT&T iPhone says, everyone else says “5G E” is 4G.
Apple has years to get a real 5G iPhone on the market, according to a well-known analyst.
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The faster cellular data networks being rolled out now will bring tremendous benefits to Apple, according to a well-known industry analyst. Gene Munster even said today, “Apple will be one of 5G’s biggest beneficiaries.”

He listed a number of current and future products that will see gains from this nascent wireless tech.

AAPL experiences massive share price rise

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Gene Munster predicts big things for Apple in 2019.
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Apple got a late Christmas gift on Wednesday, when its AAPL stock experienced the stock’s biggest rise in five years.

While AAPL is still down considerably from the $1 trillion+ high point it hit earlier in 2018, it’s a strong positive move. And one analyst thinks that Apple’s set to be the top-performing FAANG stock in 2019, too.

Apple Pay usage grows strongly outside the U.S.

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The number of Apple Pay users almost equals the entire population of the US. But most users live somewhere else.
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Most people are still leery about giving up their wallet. Only a small percentage of smartphone owners use their mobile to make purchases at brick-and-mortar stores.  But attitudes are starting to change.

As a result, Apple Pay is growing strongly. Surprisingly, most of that growth is outside of the U.S.

Why $1 trillion milestone changes the way Apple is valued

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Apple adds 5 new vice presidents to its executive lineup
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How high can Apple’s market value go? Less than a week after it became the first company to hit the $1 trillion mark, venture capitalist Gene Munster predicts that Apple’s value will continue to climb.

What makes Apple unique to investors, Munster said, is how its hardware seems to work as a subscription business. Many iPhone users, for example, upgrade to a newer handset every two or three years.

Cheaper HomePod, smarter Siri predicted for WWDC

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Gene Munster thinks we'll see some big things at WWDC.
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Apple will introduce a Beats-branded $250 HomePod smart speaker at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, predicts Apple analyst Gene Munster.

Munster’s other predictions for the big Apple developer event include new HomePod capabilities, additional Siri abilities, extra Core ML extensions, and more.

Apple is missing out on billions in subscription fees

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Apple waives developer fees for nonprofits, others in 8 additional countries
Apple should be squeezing more money out of customers. Or so one analyst thinks!
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Apple’s Services division is growing rapidly, but according to analyst Gene Munster it is still leaving billions of dollars on the table by failing to monetize its software in the way that it could.

Munster says that Apple should be following other high tech companies by charging monthly subscription fees for Pro Apps, aimed at audio and visual professionals. These apps include Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X, Motion, Compressor and MainStage 3, each of which Apple currently sells for a one-off fee.