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July 22, 2014

🍎 After the market closes today, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) report its fiscal third-quarter 2014 numbers @ 5pm today, April 1 thru June 30, 2014. With the stock up about 24% in the past three months, investors are hoping Apple can beat the Street’s expectations again.

🍎 Whether or not Apple posts solid numbers, there are several other factors beyond the usual Apple metrics (iPhone sales, revenue, guidance, EPC, etc.) that could influence investor sentiment toward Apple stock. Here are some of the questions Apple CEO Tim Cook may have to answer in the company’s earnings call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern today.

🍎 Is there meaningful growth potential for new categories?
If Cook decides to answer this question, it may be the most insightful comment we get in the entire earnings call. The question could come in many forms

🍎 Will new categories have a cannibalization effect
🍎 Or will they be wholly accretive to earnings
🍎 Does management have big expectations for these new products
🍎 How is Apple modeling the incremental growth potential earnings for these new products
🍎 Are new product launches in new categories factored into your guidance for the fiscal fourth quarter
🍎 Will there be supply constraints for this year’s iPhone launch

🍎 Initially, there are usual supply constraints for Apple’s iPhones. While last year’s iPhone 5c may have been the first model to be available in excess in many markets, the iPhone 5s was highly constrained.

🍎 Investors should expect some constraints in the first month, but anything beyond that could suggest supply bottlenecks for the iPhone 6 lineup.

🍎 As the annual fall iPhone launch approaches, and production for the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 is reportedly beginning this month, Apple may have some vision into potential bottlenecks.

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