“With the launch of the hugely hyped iPhone in a few weeks, momentum investors are driving Apple (AAPL) shares to unexplored territory. The stock has doubled in the past year, to 122. Apple’s market cap recently topped $100 billion for the first time,” Peter Burrows reports for BusinessWeek.
“Hard as it is to believe, all the excitement surrounding Jobs and his new toy may actually understate the impact of this device on Apple’s fortunes. Beyond the hysteria surrounding its June 29 launch, the iPhone has the potential for adding a totally new, $10 billion-a-year business within just a few years. If Apple can expand so-called smartphones from a luxury carried by corporate road warriors into an everyday tool for the masses—combining the functions of a BlackBerry and an iPod—Apple could soon see a new growth tear,” Burrows reports.
“If Apple’s goal of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008 seemed ambitious to some back in January when Jobs first unwrapped his new baby, few doubt it now. Wall Street speculation has gone from how much market share it can steal, to how much it can expand the overall smartphone market,” Burrows reports.
“Piper Jaffray Cos. (PJC) analyst Gene Munster thinks Apple could sell more than 40 million iPhones in 2009—enough to lift revenues more than 30% that year, and earnings by 40%,” Burrows reports. “Still, Apple will need to execute flawlessly. In units built and shipped, the iPhone launch will dwarf anything Apple has attempted. It plans to have 3 million iPhones ready for sale on June 29, two sources say.”
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