Apple (AAPL) is expected to introduce the latest version of its flagship smartphone offering, which is presumably named, iPhone 13 in its Apple Event on September 14.
The iPhone 13 is anticipated to be loaded with notable upgrades, including faster display refresh rates, and camera improvements.
Further, the iPhones could include always-on displays that will show notification information on the lock screen in white against a black background.
Moreover, the latest iPhone will possibly offer much-awaited satellite communications technology to facilitate emergency calls.
However, it may be noted that per Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, has stated that the new feature will primarily work in few select areas wherein there is absence of cellular coverage.
Digging Deep into the Financials
iPhone has contributed to give this blue-chip company the desired niche and entity as a brand name, in the dynamic tech sector.
In fact, Apple became the first company to have hit a market cap of $2 trillion in 2020. This was well followed by the company being the first to have clinched the milestone of $1 trillion market cap back in 2018.
Also, the immense popularity of its first 5G-enabled iPhone 12 family, which officially released on October 13, 2020, has helped the company significantly bolster revenues.
Despite the headwinds induced by coronavirus outbreak, revenues from iPhone in the fiscal 2021 first, second and third quarter grew 17.2%, 65.5% and 49.8%, respectively, on a year-over-year basis.
Solid increase in iPhone sales favour the growth in earnings per share, consequently, boosting the returns for the investor. This, in turn, instils optimism in the stock.
You must also note that as of June 26, 2021, the company had $34.05 billion in cash and cash equivalents. This huge pile of cash enables Apple to tap growth opportunities with ease.
Furthermore, growth in Apple Services, touted to be its cash cow, is favouring margin expansion. The company’s operating margin in the last reported quarter expanded by 770 basis points to 29.6%, on a year-over-year basis.
Additionally, Huawei headwinds are enabling the company to expand the market share in China, per latest IDC data on ‘Smartphone Market Share.’
Diversified product line and expansion into newer geographies remain key catalysts for Apple.
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Other Announcements in Line
Apart from the rollout of fresh new iPhones, Apple is likely to announce the availability of its operating system, the iOS 15, which powers the iPhone. The tech giant is anticipated to announce iPadOS 15, on which its iPad products are based.
Apple is also expected to debut its latest pair of AirPods and Apple Watch Series 7.
iPhone 13 announcement brings in a fresh addition to Apple’s enriched product line, keeping investors hooked. The stock looks alluring ahead of the launch given the company’s track record on the bourses and solid backing of strength in fundamentals.