“Apple stock is overdue to catch up to the fundamentals,” Jason Schwarz writes for SeekingAlpha. “We maintain our $330 price target for the aftermath of the earnings report at which time we will seriously consider taking profits and moving most of the Apple allocation into 2012 LEAPS. This earnings report is a rare opportunity to own short term options because the risk/reward is in our favor. Not only do we expect Apple to announce that they have sold every iPhone and iPad that they could produce, but we also anticipate the market will begin to price in the Verizon/China Mobile iPhone that is rumored to arrive in Q1 2011.”
We believe the rumors to be true for a variety of reasons:
• Apple wants to take some strain off of the AT&T network
• Apple wants to compete more directly with Google’s Android
• Apple needs to spread out the manufacturing burden.
Schwarz writes, “Most are speculating that a move to Verizon means the end of Apple’s exclusivity deal with AT&T but we hear that Apple might give AT&T exclusive rights to the new versions of iPhone while the Verizon release date lags 6 months or even one year behind. It will all depend on how quickly the new manufacturing partners can ramp production.”
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MacDailyNews Take: This idea of Verizon iPhone versions lagging AT&T’s perhaps lends more credence to rumors of an early 2011 launch of iPhone 5. Verizon would get iPhone in the form of iPhone 4 CDMA while AT&T gets iPhone 5 exclusivity? Apple allows Verizon to tart up iPhone with V Cast and some other crap, but VZ never gets the flagship iPhone models because of it? Top-of-the-line iPhones are reserved for carriers who act like the dumb pipes they are, while carriers with delusions of grandeur get older iPhones that they’re allowed to muck up to some degree?