Goldman Sachs

Analyst predicts possible prices of iPhone 8 & iPhone 7s/Plus models

Simona Jankowski, an analyst with the multinational finance company Goldman Sachs, predicted that Appe's OLED-based iPhone 8 could cost $999 for a 128-gigabyte model, or $1,099 for the top-of-the-line model with 256 gigabytes of storage.

“We think the higher demand for the larger 5.8-inch form factor will be supported by the fact that iPhone 8 will have compelling new features not available in the smaller form factors,” like a 5.8-inch OLED display and 3D-sensing augmented reality technology, reads the note.

She told her clients in a note seen by Business Insider that the entry-level models of iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus may be priced at $649 and $769, respectively, like the current iPhone 7 models. The flagship 256GB iPhone 7 Plus model currently retails for $969.

“We expect iPhone 8 to have 128 GB and 256 GB models priced at $999 and $1,099, respectively,” Jankowski and her team wrote in the note to clients. She doesn't think Apple will offer iPhone 8 with just 32 gigabytes of storage.

Here's an excerpt from the research note:

Relative to the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, we estimate the new features and higher commodity prices to increase the bill of materials by over $70, which we expect Apple to offset via a $130 price increase, resulting in a starting price of $999 for the 128GB capacity and $1,099 for the 256GB capacity.

The first $1,000 iPhone can drive “meaningful upside,” reads the note.

Goldman Sachs expects these features and costs:

5.8-inch OLED screen (adds $35) No bezel & all screen 3D sensing capabilities (adds $20) Better & faster flash storage and DRAM memory (adds $16 to $29) Capacity starting at 128 gigabytes Apple-desgined A11 processor No Home button Biometric authentication

She believes Apple has now finalized iPhone 8's design.

“Apple usually explores multiple designs in parallel,” explains her note. “However, with only four months left until launch, we believe Apple has now locked down the design.”

She estimates fiscal 2018 iPhone average selling prices will rise sixteen percent annually to $763 versus the $675 Wall Street consensus.

Due to the expected higher-priced iPhone 8 models, Goldman Sachs has raised its estimates further above consensus, setting its Apple price target to $170 from $164, representing ten percent upside from Thursday's close, and raising its Apple fiscal 2018 earnings-per-share forecast to $11.50 from $11.00 versus the Wall Street average of $10.40.

Fast Company was first to report back in February that the flagship iPhone 8 model could cost north of $1,000 due to advanced technologies and premium parts.

Apple to live-stream Tim Cook’s section of today’s Goldman Sachs Technology Conference

Apple announced this morning it'll be providing a live-stream audio of CEO Tim Cook's segment at Goldman Sachs Technology Conference.

The live webcast will be available later today over here, beginning at 12:30pm PT / 3:30pm ET. The company did not reveal the topics of Cook's conference talk nor the form of the interview.

But don't you worry, you can count on iDownloadBlog to keep you in the loop regarding newsworthy tidbits Cook will be hopefully dropping during his segment.

Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer lands a seat on the Goldman Sachs board

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has joined the Board of Directors of investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. The appointment brings the Goldman Sachs board to thirteen directors, ten of whom are independent.

According to a newly published webpage over at Goldman Sachs, Oppenheimer will be a member of each of the firm’s Audit, Risk, Compensation and Corporate Governance, Nominating and Public Responsibilities committees.

“Peter’s 25 years of broad experience across important industries will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO in a prepared statement. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel”...

Highlights from Tim Cook’s Goldman Sachs talk

As announced yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Interactive Conference in San Francisco. Right on schedule, he began discussing topics of interest at 7.15am Pacific, 10:15am Eastern time, just after the markets open. Originally scheduled at 4:15pm Eastern, Cook's segment was shifted so he could be whisked more than 2,000 miles to Washington DC to sit beside Michelle Obama for the President's State of the Union address.

Apple is streaming its chief executive's remarks live on its Investor web site and should post the full audio shortly after the event. If you don't have the time to sit through the whole thing, we've got you covered with the most interesting bits and pieces from Cooks' presentation...

Apple’s Cook to speak at Goldman Sachs tech conference tomorrow

Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at Tuesday's Goldman Sachs tech conference, February 12, according to Apple's Investor News site.

He is scheduled to speak at approximately 7:15am Pacific, 10:15am Eastern time, just after the markets open. Apple will provide a live webcast of its CEO's talk in the streaming Quicktime audio format here.

Cook also gave a presentation at last year's event, with Apple posting audio of the full talk shortly after the event had wrapped up. We're expecting lots if interesting tidbits tomorrow as Cook lets us in on some valuable insight into Apple's business..