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  • Yesterday, 1:26 PM
    • As major studios talk up the prospect of movie rentals becoming available as soon as two weeks after debuting in theaters, Bloomberg notes Apple's been pushing for such early access. Historically, theaters are given exclusive rights for 90 days before titles become available through DVD and online formats.
    • Details on what Apple (AAPL +0.4%) is proposing are limited, though a move to make just-released material available through iTunes or another Apple property could represent advantage for studios and Apple alike.
    | Yesterday, 1:26 PM | 47 Comments
  • Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    • Claims Apple's (AAPL -0.1%) VP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller.
    • App Store revenues aren't concretely broken out by the company, but growth in Apple's Services segment, which the App Store is a component of, has increased on year-term bases by 24%  and 19% in the last two reported quarters (Q4, Q3, respectively) and is gradually becoming a major contributor of sales among overall revenue mix.
    | Yesterday, 10:55 AM | 80 Comments
  • Yesterday, 9:03 AM
    • Up from a 17M figure reported in September.
    • Having launched 18 months ago and now the second-place player in the field behind Spotify (Private:MUSIC), Apple Music (NASDAQ:AAPL) nevertheless remains up against tough competition from the latter, which counts 40M paid subscribers and 100M overall inclusive of a free tier offering, and elsewhere.
    • Plans for growth, though, are unwavering as further rapid attraction of new users is targeted for the operation.
    | Yesterday, 9:03 AM | 37 Comments
  • Tue, Dec. 6, 11:55 AM
    • Analyst Kulbinder Garcha, retaining a $150 target (current price $109.36) on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), issues confidence in firm's thesis, considering the iPhone 7 to be driving Apple back to growth ahead of a projected iPhone 8 "super cycle."
    • Views EPS outlook favorably regardless of recent investor concern on gross margins and OLED capacity relating to the forthcoming iPhone 8 iteration.
    • For the currently on-sale iPhone 7, models 87M builds for the December quarter and an approximately 45% mix of iPhone 7 Plus devices to the 7, greater than the 35% mix firm historically calculates.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 11:55 AM | 29 Comments
  • Tue, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM
    • By the U.S. Supreme Court, effectively throwing out a $399M penalty previously levied against Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF) involving dispute over certain iPhone (AAPL +0.4%) intellectual property. The decision notes profits are to be considered on an individual component basis, as opposed to profits derived from the sale of a whole product, the latter method representing original calculation for the $399M figure.
    • The case now returns to lower courts for further proceedings.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM | 31 Comments
  • Tue, Dec. 6, 5:01 AM
    • "Sales growth is off the charts. During the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through (a measure of how many units are sold, rather than stocked on retailers' shelves) of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product's history. We're on track for the best quarter ever," CEO Tim Cook told Reuters.
    • Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has disclosed few details about the performance of the Apple Watch, its first new product released under Cook, and hasn't broken out sales of the gadget in its earnings, instead lumping it into an "other products" category.
    | Tue, Dec. 6, 5:01 AM | 59 Comments
  • Mon, Dec. 5, 1:01 PM
    • With Apple's iPhone demand having been suggested both weak and strong of late, Pacific Crest Securities' Andy Hargreaves today sides with the former theory, though stays confident on Apple overall. Does, however, see potential near-term limitations resulting from currency fluctuation, uncertainty over trade policy and potentially higher costs for the next iPhone cycle and the impact these items could have on gross margins.
    • Models iPhone units at 76.8M for the current quarter, from 78.3M prior, and 55.4M for the March quarter, from 58.9M. On FY 2017 and 2018, sees 225M units, from 231.9M, and 236.8M, from 239.3M, respectively.
    • In line with the new model, revises target on Apple (AAPL -0.7%) from $129 to $127 (current price $109.20).
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 1:01 PM | 19 Comments
  • Sat, Dec. 3, 9:03 AM
    • Rather than chase surging stocks at fancy valuations, the team at Barron's looked for laggards when making its picks, writes Andrew Bary.
    • The names, nevertheless, aren't exactly unfamiliar ones: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), Deutsche Telekom (OTCQX:DTEGY), Merck (NYSE:MRK), Novartis (NYSE:NVS), Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL), Unilever (NYSE:UL), Disney (NYSE:DIS).
    • Eight of these ten are trailing the S&P 500 this year, including the three European stocks (Deutsche Telekom, Novartis, and Unilever), and all of the names except Google sell for less than 20x 2017 estimates.
    • At just 10x earnings, Toll Brothers, Citi, and Delta are better ways to play an improving economy than Caterpillar at nearly 30x.
    • As for the "pricey" Google, it's an example of the Buffett maxim that he'd rather buy a wonderful business at a fair price rather than a fair business at a wonderful price.
    • Barron's top picks for 2016 as a group are trailing the S&P 500 by more than 600 basis points.
    | Sat, Dec. 3, 9:03 AM | 67 Comments
  • Sat, Dec. 3, 8:40 AM
    • via Tim Higgins and Tripp Mickle at the WSJ
    • In a letter from Steve Kenner - Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) director of product integrity - to the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, he offered no details on the so-called Project Titan, but said his company "is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”
    • The letter comes as the Obama administration in its last days is rushing to put guidelines in place to help guide the development of self-driving vehicles.
    • Apple's letter calls on the NHTSA to quickly adopt new safety rules, but to also be flexible. It also hints at Apple's ambition to go global, as it encourages the agency to work with those overseas for a "harmonized approach to automated vehicles."
    • Full letter at NHSTA website
    | Sat, Dec. 3, 8:40 AM | 80 Comments
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 9:37 AM
    • Bloomberg sources Apple (AAPL +0.2%) as developing a team of data-collection and robotics professionals to deploy drones in an effort to improve its mapping capabilities. The company currently drives vehicles around the world to collect data used in its Maps service.
    • The drone initiative is said to enable survey of items like street signs, changes to routes and areas of construction.
    • Indoor mapping is claimed in focus as well, with views of airport and other high-traffic building interiors cited to be under development. Similar indoor initiatives have already been underway at rival Google Maps.
    • With Apple's Maps offering historically considered second-tier relative to Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) service, and the significance of mapping technology ever-increasing as integrations with ride-sharing, travel and other external apps rely heavily on it, attention and potential forthcoming improvements mark encouraging signs.
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 9:37 AM | 26 Comments
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 9:31 AM
    • November monthly performance was: +0.62%
    • AUM of $7.64M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -5%
    • No dividends were paid in November
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 10/31/2016: Apple Inc (AAPL): 4.78232%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 3.6545%, General Electric Co (GE): 2.09427%, Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 1.43859%, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM): 1.36332%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): 1.34175%, Intel Corp (INTC): 1.2948%, Bank of America Corporation (BAC): 1.2811%, Pfizer Inc (PFE): 1.22767%, Alphabet Inc C (GOOG): 1.22159%
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 9:31 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Dec. 1, 8:49 AM
    • November monthly performance was: +3.54%
    • AUM of $5.18M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -3%
    • No dividends were paid in November
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 10/31/2016: Apple Inc (AAPL): 6.80131%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 5.15024%, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM): 3.74079%, General Electric Co (GE): 2.88197%, Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 2.47992%, AT&T Inc (T): 2.43052%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): 2.30872%, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): 2.24391%, Facebook Inc A (FB): 2.2067%, Alphabet Inc C (GOOG): 2.16615%
    | Thu, Dec. 1, 8:49 AM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 3:18 PM
    • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission formally moves to deny authorization to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.
    • The banks are looking to negotiate access to Near-Field Communication [NFC] controllers in iPhones in order to provide their own digital wallets independent of, and in direct competition to, Apple Pay. Bargaining on terms of fees Apple levies for use of the service is additionally sought.
    • Initially brought forth in July, a final determination on the matter is expected March 2017.
    • As Apple (AAPL -0.7%) looks to expand Apple Pay throughout the world, such conflict wth long-established banking operations appears inevitable and indicative of a given cost of doing business in the space.
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 3:18 PM | 10 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 4:38 PM
    • Launching November 30.
    • Availability – Android devices and tablets, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Fire TV Stick, Chromecast (Android on launch, iOS 2017), Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari browsers, Google Cast-enabled LeEco ecotvs and VIZIO SmartCast Displays. Roku and other device compatibility planned for 2017.
    • Packages – Live a Little ($35/month, 60+ channels), Just Right ($50/month, 80+ channels), Go Big ($60/month, 80+ channels) [launch promotion for $35/month], Gotta Have It ($70/month, 120+ channels)
    • HBO and Cinemax add-ons available at $5/month.
    • Promotions noted in collaboration with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) [Apple TV included with any package prepaid for 3 months], Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) [Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote included with any package prepaid for 1 month], LeEco [service included for variable timeframes with purchase of certain smartphones and TVs] and Lenovo (OTCPK:LNVGY) [1 month service included with purchase of laptops with Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors].
    • AT&T (NYSE:T) shares are unmoved (+0.03%) in extended trading at $39.55.
    • Launch event live-stream
    • DirecTV Now
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 4:38 PM | 90 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 12:07 PM
    • On estimates 5M-6M of the devices will sell during the term. For the final three months of 2016, projects 3M Pixels (GOOG, GOOGL) to move, generating sales of $2B.
    • Comparatively, Apple (AAPL +0.1%) sold 212M iPhones in FY 2016 leading to $137B in revenue, and 45.5M in Q4, producing $28B. Morgan Stanley additionally forecasts 22%-25% gross profit margins on Pixel, depending on configuration, compared to an estimated 41% for iPhone.
    • Notes ancillary profit potential for the Pixel involving greater monetization of users on the Android operating system resulting from distinct feature integrations (Google Assistant, Daydream) and other improvements the ecosystem will benefit from. Increased search monetization also considered on the tight association between the device, Android operating system and Google's search foundation.
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 12:07 PM | 147 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 5:58 AM
    • An iPhone with a curved screen could be on store shelves as soon as next year.
    • Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) suppliers say they have been asked to increase output of thinner organic light emitting displays and submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung to differentiate its models, WSJ reports.
    • OLEDs don't require a backlight component to illuminate the screen and allow for flexible designs.
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 5:58 AM | 44 Comments