“Pulling data from Apple’s December 2015 earnings report, investment bank Piper Jaffray estimates gross margins on the company’s rarely discussed services business could be above 60 percent,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “And that figure is expected to grow.”
“In his latest report to investors, obtained by AppleInsider on Tuesday, analyst Gene Munster focuses on Apple services, which includes iTunes, the various App Stores, Apple Music, Apple Pay, Apple Care and miscellaneous licensing revenue,” Campbell reports. “Munster estimates Apple Music will generate $1.7 billion in revenue on 13 million subscribers over the course of 2016, a figure expected to increase to $2.6 billion on 20 million subscribers next year.”
“Looking ahead, Munster sees services accounting for 10 percent of Apple’s total revenue for calendar years 2016 and 2017, a modest jump from 9 percent in 2015,” Campbell reports. “The investment bank is increasing services revenue estimates by 1 percent for 2016 and 4 percent for 2017, shifting expected year-over-year growth to 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s services business – the uber-sticky ecosystem – is the most overlooked segment of Apple’s insanely efficient profit-generating machine. Wall Street wants growth? Well, there it is, right in front of their faces. Hardware unit sales aren’t where the action is – for proof of that just look at Windows PCs or Android.
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