Former Apple Shareholder Shares Thoughts On Apple Special Event
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The Apple special event in September 2019 was today, and I thought since I am a former Apple shareholder I would share my thoughts on the product launches.
Apple today released many different products. The first being the Apple arcade. Apple arcade is going to cost $4.99 per month and will allow you to play tons of different games from your iPad or iPhone. Looks pretty cool.
Apple then released a new iPad which was kind of like okay. Then Apple released more information about Apple TV plus which looks pretty awesome! This is an NFLX competitor and is priced at only $4.99 per month! That is a great deal. This has huge potential long term. Apple was very successful with music and I think they will be with Apple tv plus as well.
Then apple released their new iPhones for 2019/2020. One was just called the iPhone 11. This iPhone is somewhat intriguing since it will have the fastest chip of any smartphone in the world but will come in at a price point of only $699. Then they came out with the iPhone 11 pro max and iPhone 11 pro. They also showed off Apple Watch Series 5 as well as lowered the price to $199 for the Apple watch series 3.
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Logos if you didn’t hear word on the street those boys and girls up in Cupertino, California, they showed off their new iPhones today, well, not just their iPhones, we’ll look at all the different things they showed off here today, and I’ll give my opinion on those as a former Apple shareholder.
But this September event, it’s always known as the event where Apple shows off their new iPhones. They do it every single September. Okay, now, once again, I’m a former Apple shareholder, I sold out of the remaining Apple shares I held this year, I made over $2,000 on those shares.
But I’m still heavily reliant on Apple Corporation, because two of the big semiconductor stocks I own, they make chips for iPhones and iPads and things like that. So I’m definitely financially incentivized on Apple success or failure. So I’m going to share my honest opinion on these different products that Apple launched. And some of it is not so good. Okay.
So first off, they showed off a product called Apple arcade. All right, no, I thought this was actually a really intriguing product basically, is going to be 499 a month, you get a ton of games, you get to play a lot of exclusive games, a lot of pretty cool stuff they showed off here.
This is going to launch in September, in my overall thoughts on this was this was actually a pretty cool product. Now, is this something that is going to be a needle mover for Apple in the short term in terms of their revenues and profits?
Absolutely not? Do I think this has huge long term potential? Absolutely. If you look at what Apple’s trying to do, they’re trying to build the services side of their business, the recurring revenue, and not just trying to be reliant on how many iPhones they sell each and every quarter, they want to build out a huge services business where they have recurring revenue constantly coming in from all these different products.
And this is a this is a pretty cool product, that’s 499 a month, I think it’s got great long term potential, anything that’s going to happen short term is going to affect the business not really, okay. They also have their Apple TV plus launching, which is kind of their Netflix competitor in this is going to come in at $4.99, which is the most shocking thing that happened to literally app the entire day.
I think most people assume this was gonna be a product somewhere priced between 999 at the lowest and maybe up to like 99 nine, and they came in with that 499 price point. It’s gonna launch in November. And that’s absolutely a shocking thing. Okay. 499, that’s unbelievably low.
This is another thing that is is going to be great for Apple in the short term, absolutely not. Because even if they got mass amounts of people to sign up for this, which mass amounts of people millions and millions, if not 10 million plus, we’ll probably sign up for the service within the first year.
That’s still actually like chump change. And I know you can do those numbers. And they’re really, really big numbers. But that’s actually like really small potatoes for Apple corporations or something, again, that is has a great long term potential for Apple, but in the short term is not going to do much for numbers, but you see Apple arcade, you see Apple TV plus, obviously Apple Music has built out into the biggest music service in the world.
And you see all these different products, and you put that along with the cloud and things like that. And you can see Apple’s building out a massive services business. And this is where Apple’s focus is really going in the future. This is horrible news, by the way, that’s just you know, call it what it is horrible news for Netflix, as we see Netflix having a really tough day out, they’re down 3.65%.
Okay, I’ve been calling out this for a while because all these competitors are coming in and Netflix has had the whole category to themselves for too long. I would not be surprised if Netflix stock approaches is 52 week low somewhat soon, you guys know Disney plus is coming out here in about a couple months as well.
Okay, in terms of Disney plus, that’s going to be a service that’s 699 a month, meaning that you could sign up you know, imagine somebody that’s, you know, very conscious of money, okay? You could sign up for Apple TV plus, and Disney plus, it’ll be around the same price as a Netflix subscription.
And if a lot of folks are going to look at this, okay, especially people that have kids, okay, people that have kids, that’s an automatic, okay, but even regular folks are going to look at this and I say, wow, I hit Apple TV plus, and Disney plus, with all the ridiculous amount of content on there is an insane amount of content.
Apple has as well as exclusive content. A lot of folks that maybe are you know, only have 10 or $15 to spend on these services each month, they’re gonna look at this, and they’re probably gonna say, you know what, I think I’m gonna ditch Netflix, and I’m gonna go ahead and get an Apple TV and Disney plus service because I’m gonna get way more bang for my buck.
So that’s horrible, horrible news for Netflix. I’ve been calling out this for a while, I’ve been telling you guys a massive competition is coming in. And sure enough, it has came. And it’s not looking good for Netflix. Okay, so that in terms of Apple, not much short term help, but a lot of long term gain there.
All right, they showed off a new iPad that was at the lower price point. And my thoughts around that was there’s nothing special with this new iPad, in my personal opinion, the iPad, I always think of that as the starter device to kind of get you in the apple ecosystem.
You know, you can get an iPad, you know, from the apple website, you know, some of these older models for like 300 bucks or so. And so that’s kind of the initiation of getting people into the apple ecosystem. Like maybe you never had an iPhone before. And maybe you never had you know, a Mac and things like that. But you get an iPad and next thing you know, you’re like, man, I love experience.
Now I want to get an iPhone. Now we want to get a Mac. And next thing you know, you’re in the entire ecosystem, you got air pods, you got Apple watches, you also in your Apple, everything, right? It’s a starter device. So it’s important for Apple’s business, not in terms of how much money it will generate. But in terms of getting people in the ecosystem, so then they can sell you iPhones down the road.
And they can actually make a lot of money. And maybe if you are an Android customer, you come over, you start using an iPad. And then also next thing, you know, you buy an iPhone, and you get the Mac, an Apple Watch and the whole deal. Okay? So but nothing game breaking there.
All right, they showed off Apple Watch Series five, okay, this is their newest Apple Watch. This follows up from the Apple Watch Series four, which they launched last year. So the Apple Watch Series five is going to start at $399, they’re going to have the model that has cellular with it for $499.
And this is another product that when I looked at it, there was no really groundbreaking new features. I know they have like where the face will constantly be lit up now, and things like that. But when I looked at this product, I said there’s nothing game breaking here that.
If you had, you know a series for Apple Watch, you say I gotta go buy the series five, unless you’re just that type of person that you just have to have the newest and the newest products and whatnot. When I looked at it, I wasn’t that impressed.
And overall, when I looked at the product, I was like, you know, it’ll do okay, numbers, but I don’t see this being a smashing success. With that particular series, The thing I thought was most interesting was they decided to go ahead and move the series three that came out a couple years ago, down to $199. Now this is a great move for Apple. Why?
Because Apple wants every single person that owns the iPhone, to have an apple watch over time, okay, which would mean hundreds of millions of people not only are buying iPhones every few years, but then are upgrading buy an Apple Watches every few years, okay, that’s what Apple wants on a long term basis.
And if you want to get to that place, you’ve got to have a really good product that’s really, you know, inexpensive, and we’re talking about $199 there, that is a price point that’s going to be very attractive to a lot of folks that say they can get a brand new Apple Watch Series three for $199. Okay, now we’re talking more and more people will get that and they’ll get it as Christmas presents and we’ll try it out.
Some will like it, some will not like it. But that gives you a great opportunity because not everybody wants to spend $399 or $499 on a product that they’re not sure if they want Yeah, keep that in mind. Okay, it’s not like an apple watch is a needs based product like a phone is like a cell phone. Right?
And so $199 price point, great move by Apple there. I think that was a one of the smartest decisions they made overall. Okay, now once again, this this event is always for the iPhones at the end of the day, if you don’t know, the majority of Apple’s revenues and profits are made up from their iPhone business.
And this is they always get launched and the new ones always get launched in September. Okay. And what did they come out with here? Okay, so they came out with the iPhone 11, which kind of replaces the iPhone 10 r in my opinion. And the most interesting thing about this honestly was it’s a $699 price point with dual camera.
So that is a pretty intriguing price point. So when I looked at that iPhone, I thought, is there anything really groundbreaking with this iPhone? Not really, okay, great chips, you know, great specs, all the best, you know, as far as these new iPhones, they’re gonna have the fastest chips by far and any smartphone in the world when you compare them out.
And I’m sure you’ll see the tests over the coming weeks once the phones actually get on the market. And they’ll blow away in terms of speed any other smartphone in the world. And that’s pretty common for Apple. Whenever they come out with their newest iPhones, they always have the fastest chips out there.
That’s just generally how it goes. That’s how it is with these products as well. But the $699 price point, I thought that was pretty intriguing. The phone itself, there’s no feature with that phone, you say, Oh my gosh, I have to get the phone.
But 609 that keeps that comes under the iPhone xR last year. The iPhone xR last year came in at $749. So we’re talking about $50 cheaper, and we’re talking about better cameras dual lens, and we’re talking about obviously much faster chips.
So that was pretty intriguing. Okay, they had the iPhone 11 Pro, which has a three camera process, okay. And once again, faster chips, pretty similar design to past iPhones, there is a 5.8 inch screen. That one starts at $999 intriguing product, but not that intriguing where folks say oh, I gotta go get this new iPhone or something like that in my personal opinion.
And then they came out with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which is like a 6.5 inch screen or 6.6 inch, they said, as far as the screen size, they’re very big iPhone in general, that one’s going to come in at about 11 $100 price point there. But once again, none of those iPhones when.
I looked at those, unless maybe you’re a professional photographer, and you have to have the best camera possible on a phone because you use your phone for photography or something like that. Outside of that these weren’t iPhones that I was like, Oh my gosh, these are gonna do huge numbers or something like that.
They just weren’t. When I looked at the features, I was like, you know, everything’s better. Okay, that’s what we expect from iPhones, but nothing was gamebreaking the design is so similar to past iPhones as far as the phone have like 5g or something like that they don’t.
So when I looked at these iPhones, I said, you know These aren’t going to be you know, they’re still going to sell well in terms of, you know, people that are going to have iPhones break. And so when they have their iPhone break, they go buy another iPhone, right? They’re going to lose their iPhone, they lose their iPhone, they got to go get another iPhone, they’re going to replace iPhone.
And then you have those certain amount of individuals out there that have to get the newest newest, right? They always buy the newest Samsung if they’re a Samsung customer, they always buy the news Apple device if they’re an apple customer, right? You’re gonna have those people but in terms of the masses saying I gotta go buy this new $1,000 iPhone.
I don’t see it at all with this generation of iPhones in my personal opinion, so I don’t look for you know, the sales numbers to be insanely strong or something like that. I think next year has big potential. Why? Because Apple will come out with their 5g iPhone, likely next fall.
Okay, so I think that has big potential because 5g will continue to be built out over the course of this year. And by the way, a lot of people are wondering why didn’t Apple go ahead and launch a 5g iPhone today? All right, because you know, Samsung, they’ve got a 5g device in the market.
Now you can get a Galaxy S 10. 5g, by the way that phone starts almost $1,300. But some folks were wondering, like, why doesn’t Apple come out with a 5g one right now and Apple probably could have, but you got to always think about it in context of when does it matter to actually release a device Okay, Samsung loves to be like, first on on a lot of these different things and whatnot.
But the fact is you you buy a 5g phone right now, and there’s hardly anywhere you can use it in the world. Okay. And especially in the United States of America, there’s hardly anywhere you can use it. So if you buy a 5g smartphone right now, here today, it’s almost pointless on owning a 5g iPhone or a 5g, Samsung or 5g anything right now. Okay.
Now throughout the course of this year, the 5g network will continue to be built out and it will become more and more relevant to have a 5g phone of some kind. And then in 2021, will see a mass mass build out. Okay. But if you’re thinking about.
Oh, should I get a 5g phone of some kind now absolutely doesn’t make sense. Because almost literally like I live in Las Vegas, a massive city, right? We pretty much don’t have 5g anywhere here. So I can have a 5g smartphone. Sure. And it would be the same as having a 4g phone because of the network’s just not built out yet.
But that’s network continues to get built out this year and into the next year, then 5g phones start to become relevant, and people start to get them and they like, look at the ridiculous speed I’m getting on my phone over here. And other folks are gonna say do this 10 times 20 times faster than my phone, I want to get a 5g phone as well.
And the hype will really start to build in about a year or two. But for right now, it makes no sense for Apple to launch a 5g iPhone of any kind. You know, Samsung, they like to just be first on everything. So they released a 5g iPhone, but it’s literally completely like it’s completely a waste of money. Like if somebody is paying 13 $100 without that phone.
I’m like, What are you doing because literally just gonna be using a 4g network and it’s gonna be the same exact phone as buying like a 4g like Android device at the end of the day, guys. But overall, when I looked at this, as a former Apple shareholder, I thought there’s nothing that’s going to be great short term number wise revenues and profits over the course the next year for Apple.
If I’m looking for Apple to get back to some pretty good growth, I’ll probably look toward next year something like that. But the services you can tell the apples play is all about those services building out that into becoming a massive massive business with those recurring revenues that $5 a pop $10 a pop and those numbers will do you know bigger and bigger as time moves on guys.
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