Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be holding an event on September 12, 2012 which is suspected to be the date of the much awaited launch of iPhone5.
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The iPhone5 launch is the much awaited event as the analysts estimate the launch to act as a catalyst to the Company’s slow period. Apple’s slow period is described as the clearance period for the launch of Apple’s new product. The new iPhone is going to have a thinner screen with the feature of “In-Cell” touchscreen displays. The displays that are being developed in Japan is expected to be shipped by August which lead to a September ramp.
Apple has also agreed to acquire AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH) for $8 per share in an all cash deal which is expected to close in C3Q12. The transaction values AuthenTec at approximately $340 million net of cash, which implies a valuation of approximately 5x ttm revenues.
The acquisition allows Apple to purchase a $20 million option to review AuthenTec’s patent portfolio for a 270 day period and purchase IP for up to $115 million. This might benefit Apple’s iPhone6 with the integration of AuthenTec’s new fingerprint sensors (AES2750) that provide authentication capabilities by fingerprint for both smartphones and tablets for the purpose of protected and secure payments.
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Apple is already ruling the smartphone market and with the new upgrades the Company’s revenue growth seems strong as analysts estimate the iPhone5 launch quarter to beat the street estimates.
Shares of Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) rose 1.50% to $616.85, its highest point since Mid April.