Apple's Verizon iPhone 4 fails to generate much excitement
Online preorders have pretty much nullified activity
There are no lengthy lines in stores for the launch of the iPhone 4 on Verizon this week. One Wall Street analyst says this shouldn't inspire too much concern among investors.
The lack of lines at Apple stores for the Verizon iPhone is little cause for concern -- strong online pre-orders has kept people from venturing forth.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities said in a note to investors that trips to various Apple and Verizon stores in Manhattan for launch day confirmed reports that lines were modest -- or even in some cases nonexistent. White described the launch was "a bit of a yawner," due to strong pre-orders placed online.
"Although Manhattan clearly does not represent all of America, we believe this provides general color on demand trends," White said. "The lack of positive surprise on day one could provide an excuse for the stock to take a breather after a strong run after the past several weeks; however, we remain aggressive buyers of Apple on any weakness as we believe the company's portfolio has never been better positioned to capitalize on consumer trends."
White says that Apple and Verizon sold out on initial preorders for existing customers in less than 24 hours. He has estimated that between the initial preorder and general online preorders that began on Wednesday, between 700,000 and a million units may have been sold.
"Given the extra cold weather this season, some consumers may have opted to wait to purchase a Verizon iPhone 4 or will simply order online," he said. "Finally, the App Stores seem to be less involved in this process versus the Verizon stores, and one worker indicated that some consumers were not even aware that the Verizon iPhone 4 was available at the Apple stores."
It's expected that Verizon will activate 13.2 million iPhones in its first 12 months after the February launch, or 11.7 million iPhones in the remaining months of calendar year 2011. White cautioned, however, that those numbers "could prove conservative."
White also believes that Apple has more announcements planned for its CDMA iPhone 4 recently launched on the Verizon network, with China Telecom a likely candidate for a partnership.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
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