Analysts have been tracking Apple stocks for the longest time and it appears Apple's upcoming hardware cycle will be one of its best yet. Hyunwoo Doh, equity analyst from Jefferies & Co.'s South Korean, shared a positive view of Apple saying that iPhone 6 can boost its shares. More importantly, other analysts believe that the iPhone 6's offering along with complementary products from Apple like iOS 8 can drive the stocks rising further. Can Apple's iPhone 6 really deliver an all-kill?
According to Barrons, Jeffries do not rate Apple stock formally especially since the flight of analyst Peter Misek last May. According to Doh, who is known for rating Samsung Shares, Apple's iOS and smartphone market share can go from 12% to 17% towards the conclusion of the year. This can even go up to 20% by 2015. Barrons quoted Doh:
"Apple is slated to release the iPhone 6, which will come in a 4.7-inch model and a larger 5.5-inch model, in 3Q14. With the new release likely to meet one of the largest consumer demand points, i.e., bigger screens, we forecast global shipments of the iPhone 6 to reach 58m units in 2014, which would represent 60% growth versus its predecessor, the iPhone5s."
"We believe that robust shipments of the iPhone 6 would benefit Apple-bound memory makers, including SK Hynix and Micron going forward. The expected release of the larger-screen iPhone 6 should also lead to increases in panel shipments and ASP for Apple-bound panel suppliers, such as LG Display and JDI."
According to MarketWatch, there are several reasons why Apple stocks will see a rise this year. These include momentum (as with Apple's performance), enterprise (strong consumer/market hold), emerging markets (iPhones in China), profitable OS (market share does not equate to profit thus Google's bigger share), incremental cash flow and deal potential with Beats and other companies.
New information according to MacRumors also suggests that the final design of the iPhone 6 may feature Sony's Exmor IMX220 camera sensor. The tip came from Chinese Sony enthusiast forum Digi-Wo spotted first by G for Games. The camera will reportedly feature 13-megapixel camera with 1/2.3" sensor and 1080p video capabilities. This is a leap from the iPhone 5s which features 8MP with 1/3.2" sensor.