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What Happened To Apple's iPhone 'Supercycle?'

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has long thrived on supercycles — periods of heightened unit sales as consumers upgrade to next-generation products.

But some research suggests a dampening of the iPhone cycle as Apple customers retain older models, ultimately forcing review of Apple’s earnings strategy.

The Rating

UBS analyst Steven Milunovich reiterated a Buy rating on Apple with a $190 price target.

The Thesis

Despite anticipated deceleration in the U.S. and Europe, iPhone sales should pick up in China and emerging markets in 2018, yielding “not a ‘supercycle’ but a solid year,” Milunovich said. (See Milunovich's track record here.) 

UBS forecasts an ever-muted cycle, with Apple's 2018 upside driven primarily by higher average selling price compounded by 10-percent growth, rather than the previously expected 12-percent figure. 

“The stock narrative should shift from iPhone cycles to iPhone annuity — how does Apple monetize the installed base through additional products and services?” the analyst said. 

Price Action

At the time of publication, shares were trading marginally lower off the open at $174.64.

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Photo courtesy of Apple. 

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