Apple’s Financial Services Play, Apple Card’s Secret Weapon, Thursday Q&A

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Apple’s Financial Services Play

  • Apple Card’s Secret Weapon

  • Thursday Q&A

We kick off today’s update by discussing the big picture facing Apple’s Apple Card initiative. The discussion then turns to what I think may be Apple Card’s secret weapon. We conclude with a new installment of Thursday Q&A. I answer the following questions from Above Avalon members:

  • Are we going to hear chatter about a 5G mega upgrade cycle for iPhone?

  • Why don’t we see leaks pertaining to Apple’s manufacturing apparatus (the robots, software, and other R&D that goes into building the machines that are tasked with building Apple products)?

  • Do you think that some of the iPad’s recent unit sales growth is due to upgrades finally happening? If so, is this something that Apple can continue, or is there some risk that the boom and then bust that happened with iPad could happen again once the large cohort of iPad 2 upgrades is finished?

  • Why don’t Apple and Goldman put up an Apple Card website for account and payment etc.?

  • Do you see the Wallet app eventually competing with Mint et al?

  • Do you think Apple will make an Audible/Books subscription service at some point?

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If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

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Apple “Commits” $6B to Original Video, Thoughts on Apple TV+ Pricing, Disney Announces Apple Integration

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Apple “Commits” $6B to Original Video

  • Thoughts on Apple TV+ Pricing

  • Disney Announces Apple Integration

We kick off today’s update with my thoughts on the Financial Time’s article about Apple committing $6B to original video content. There are aspects of the report that I view with skepticism. The discussion then turns to my latest views regarding Apple’s strategy for pricing Apple TV+. When it comes to Apple TV+ pricing, too many people are getting caught up by Disney. The email concludes with a quick update involving Disney’s plans to integrate its new streaming services with Apple devices.

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Snap Unveils Spectacles 3, Huawei Teases HarmonyOS, Updated Apple Earnings Model 

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Snap Unveils Spectacles 3

  • Huawei Teases HarmonyOS

  • Updated Apple Earnings Model

We kick off today’s update with my thoughts on Snap Spectacles 3 and whether or not Snap will be a legitimate competitor in the wearables space. The discussion then turns to Huawei teasing its own operating system, HarmonyOS. We conclude with my Apple earnings model. The email includes access to my working Apple earnings model containing all of my forward estimates following Apple’s 3Q19 earnings. Above Avalon members have exclusive access to my working Apple earnings model at no additional cost.

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  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

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  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

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AirPods Sales and 3Q19 Installed Base, Roku Earnings, Samsung’s Underwhelming Product Event

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • AirPods Sales and 3Q19 Installed Base

  • Roku Earnings

  • Samsung’s Underwhelming Product Event

We begin today’s update with a closer look at my updated AirPods unit sales, revenue, and installed base estimates. The discussion will then turn to Roku, which continues to be one of the more interesting business stories in the streaming video space. We will conclude with my thoughts on Samsung’s product event in NYC.

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  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

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  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

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  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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The Apple Wearables Train, Apple Watch Unit Sales and Revenue, 3Q19 Apple Watch Installed Base

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • The Apple Wearables Train

  • Apple Watch Unit Sales and Revenue

  • 3Q19 Apple Watch Installed Base

We kick off today’s email with additional comments on the newest Above Avalon article, “Apple Deserves More Credit for Wearables.” In particular, we focus on one piece of the story that can benefit from a bit more discussion: competing with Apple’s wearables business. The email then turns to my latest Apple Watch unit sales and revenue estimates. We conclude with my estimate for the size of the Apple Watch installed base (the number of Apple Watches in the wild) as of the end of June 2019.

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  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

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  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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Fitbit’s Dire Situation, Spotify Earnings, Disney Earnings

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Fitbit’s Dire Situation

  • Spotify Earnings

  • Disney Earnings

Today’s email will focus on three earnings reports from Apple competitors (Fitbit, Spotify, and Disney). We begin by discussing why it is time to begin asking the difficult questions when it comes to Fitbit’s future. The discussion then turns to Spotify and where I see things going for the company. We conclude with Disney’s results and new details regarding Disney+ bundling.

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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 


Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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Apple Card Launches in U.S., Is Apple Card Disruptive?, Apple Pay Adoption in U.S.

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Apple Card Launches in U.S.

  • Is Apple Card Disruptive?

  • Apple Pay Adoption in U.S.

Today’s email is going to have an Apple Card / Apple Pay theme as Apple launched Apple Card in the U.S. yesterday. We begin by going over my thoughts on Apple Card. The discussion then turns to whether or not Apple Card is disruptive to the payments and banking industries. We conclude with a look at Apple Pay adoption in the U.S. in terms of merchant acceptance and why a portion of merchants still aren’t supporting Apple Pay.

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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 


Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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China Allows the Yuan to Depreciate

Today's Above Avalon daily update is dedicated to discussing the developments surrounding China allowing the yuan to depreciate and the fallout related to the move. The actions have a direct impact on Apple and pretty much every company when considering overall market volatility.

The email includes the following sections:

  • What Happened?

  • Background

  • Current Implications

  • Market Volatility

  • Impact on Apple

  • Apple’s Large Stock Price Drop

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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

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  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

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  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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Notes from Apple’s 3Q19 10-Q, U.S. to Impose New Chinese Tariffs, Estimating Potential Tariffs Impact on Apple

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Notes from Apple’s 3Q19 10-Q

  • U.S. to Impose New Chinese Tariffs

  • Estimating Potential Tariffs Impact on Apple

We kick off today’s email with my key takeaways from Apple's 10-Q filing for 3Q19. We cover nine financial topics. The update then turns to tariffs. We go over my thoughts on the newest 10% tariffs that will cover $300B of Chinese goods including Apple products. The email includes the key assumptions that have to be made when assessing the financial impact tariffs have on Apple. We then go over my estimate for worst case scenarios on Apple financials when it comes to the newest tariffs.

Above Avalon membership is required to read this daily update. Members can read the update here.


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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 


Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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Apple 3Q19 Earnings Review (Details)

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the second half of my Apple 3Q19 earnings review. We discuss the details and granular takeaways from Apple’s earnings report and conference call.

The email covers 26 different topics.

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(The first half of my earnings review focused on the major takeaways is available here.)


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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

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  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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Apple 3Q19 Earnings Review (Major Takeaways)

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the first half of my Apple 3Q19 earnings review. We discuss the major themes and takeaways from Apple's earnings report and conference call.

The email includes the following sections:

  • 3Q19: By the Numbers

  • We Are in the Apple Wearables Era

  • A China Rebound

  • The Apple Services Narrative Is Wrong

  • iPhone Stabilization

  • Share Buyback Bonanza

Above Avalon membership is required to read this daily update. Members can read the update here.

(The second half of my earnings review focused on the details granular takeaways is available here.)


Above Avalon Membership

Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 


Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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  • Email Priority. Receive timely responses to all email questions and inquiries.

  • Archive Access. Read daily updates and reports previously sent to members. The archive can be viewed here.

  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

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Flagship iPhone Orders for 2H19, Google Continues to Soft Unveil Pixel 4, Google Earnings

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Flagship iPhone Orders for 2H19

  • Google Continues to Soft Unveil Pixel 4

  • Google Earnings

We begin by assessing the latest rumor involving Apple’s order plans for new flagship iPhones in the second half of 2019. In particular, we look at what the numbers may suggest about Apple’s 4Q19 and 1Q20 iPhone results. The email then turns to Pixel 4 and Google’s unconventional way of unveiling the device. We go over why I think Google is making a huge mistake. We conclude by discussing Google’s 2Q19 earnings with a focus on Google’s traffic acquisition costs (TAC) and commentary on Pixel smartphone sales.

Above Avalon membership is required to read this daily update. Members can read the update here.


Above Avalon Membership

Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 


Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

  • Apple Earnings Model. Access my working Apple earnings model. The model is fully functional and adjustable with the ability to alter earnings drivers.

  • Email Priority. Receive timely responses to all email questions and inquiries.

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  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

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A Siri Whistleblower Comes Forward, Tesla Earnings, Additional Thoughts on Apple and Intel

Today’s daily update kicks off with my thoughts on The Guardian’s reporting of a Siri whistleblower raising concerns with how Apple is handing Siri quality assurance. The discussion then turns to Tesla earnings. We go over the two things that jumped out at me regarding Tesla’s financials and what they tell me about the current state of the company. The email concludes with additional thoughts on Apple acquiring a majority of Intels’s smartphone modem business.

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Apple Close to Buying Intel’s Smartphone Modem Business, Oddities Found with Apple / Intel Deal, WSJ Goes After App Store Search 

The daily update kicks off with the latest on Apple reportedly being close to buying Intel’s smartphone modem business. (UPDATE: Apple officially announced the deal seconds after this update was published. Since the update was written under the assumption that a deal was imminent, the official announcement doesn't change any of the discussion found in the update.) We go over the items found with the deal that strike me as odd. The discussion then turns to the WSJ’s article focused on App Store search. The WSJ claims Apple’s App Store search practices are “thwarting” competitors. We go over why I think the WSJ is grasping at straws.

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Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

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Apple 3Q19 Earnings Preview (Second Half)

Today's email includes the second half of my Apple 3Q19 earnings preview. We go over my 3Q19 financial estimates for Apple’s non-iPhone business (Services, iPad, Mac, Wearables / Home / Accessories). We also go over the detailed methodology behind all of my estimates. The discussion then turns to 4Q19 revenue guidance and my final thoughts heading into earnings.

The email includes links to my working Apple earnings model containing all of my financial estimates ahead of Apple’s 3Q19 earnings. Above Avalon members have exclusive access to my working Apple earnings model at no additional cost.

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The first half of the preview (thoughts on Wall Street expectations and the overall environment heading into next week's earnings, my 3Q19 iPhone financial estimates) is available to members here.


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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

  • Apple Earnings Model. Access my working Apple earnings model. The model is fully functional and adjustable with the ability to alter earnings drivers.

  • Email Priority. Receive timely responses to all email questions and inquiries.

  • Archive Access. Read daily updates and reports previously sent to members. The archive can be viewed here.

  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

  • Receive Above Avalon Weekly Articles via Email. Receive the weekly Above Avalon article via email. This feature is only available to members.

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