Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) headed into its fiscal 2021 very first quarter with expectations that are higher from investors. The highlight of Apple’s quarter was the launch of the iPhone 12, the tech titan’s first 5G smartphone. Investors anticipated robust sales as wireless carriers push their 5G networks and build excitement around the new iPhones. All signs indicate Apple’s delivered on those expectations.
Here are 3 of the most noteworthy developments bolstering Apple’s stock heading into its earnings report later on this month.
1. You still must wait around indefinitely to get an iPhone twelve Pro
It’s been above two months since Apple released the iPhone 12 Pro, and clients buying today still need to hold back up to 3 days for shipping and delivery. That may as well be for decades in the era of next day shipping. By comparison, it took only six days for iPhone 11 need to achieve equilibrium with supply last year, based on Credit Suisse analyst Matthew Cabral. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro observed from an angle.
The regular iPhone twelve and the iPhone 12 Mini are much more found both in-store and for instant shipping. Which suggests Apple should see a better average selling price (ASP) for the iPhone when it announces the first-quarter benefits of its.
Apple is reportedly ramping up production for the iPhone 12 in the first half of 2021. Coupled with other factors suggesting strong iPhone sales for the quarter, the higher ASP should lead to iPhone revenue significantly outperforming. And viewing iPhone accounts for 50 % of revenue, and generally closer to 60 % in the very first quarter, that must have a significant impact on its revenue versus expectations.
2. Suppliers are publishing big profits numbers
Apple’s biggest iPhone assembler, Foxconn, announced record revenue for the month of December. The Taiwanese business, which trades as Hon Hai Precision, reported sales of 713.8 billion New Taiwan dollars (about $25.5 billion) for December, and quarterly revenue of NT$2 trillion. That beat expectations of NT$1.8 trillion, according to Bloomberg.
Foxconn’s outperformance is also in line with the greater-than-expected need for the iPhone 12 Pro. The business is the premium supplier of the high end products.
Meanwhile, Dialog Semiconductor raised the fourth-quarter revenue perspective of its from a range of $380 million to $430 million to between $436 million and $441 million, Barron’s reports. The chipmaker cited increased requirement for 5G chips as the primary reason. Considering Apple accounts for the majority of the revenue of its, it is a pretty good bet those potato chips are going in iPhone 12s.
And in late December, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said his Asia supply chain checks “have today exceeded actually our’ bull case scenario'” in a note to investors.
3. New records in the App Store
Apple reported record gross sales for the App Store of its in its annual brand new year update. In the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, iOS users spent $1.8 billion in the App Store. That is up twenty seven % from year that is last, as well as an acceleration from the sixteen % growth in sales of the exact same period of 2019. The company also recorded $540 million in sales on New Year’s Day, up almost forty % from year which is previous. Those numbers suggest a great deal of new iPhones under the tree this year.
In addition, it bodes well for Apple’s all important services segment — its highest-margin and fastest-growing enterprise. The App Store is Apple’s most lucrative service, generating yucky profits well above the subscription services of its as Apple Music or maybe Apple TV. So outperformance on that front should result in better-than-expected earnings.
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty notes, “If we maintain the majority of our December quarter Apple Services forecast unchanged, the latest App Store data would imply December quarter Services revenue of $14.84 [billion]… forty [basis points] in front of consensus at $14.78 [billion].” It’s very likely, however, that stronger App Store sales are a great indication of stronger sales of Apple’s other services.
It looks as the iPhone supercycle might be a reality this year depending on the early results we have seen and other hints at intense demand. And that’ll bolster Apple’s entire company — and the FAANG stock — if this reports its complete results on Jan. 27.