RIM to discontinue Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook?

By on July 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM.

RIM to discontinue Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook?

In a note to investors Monday afternoon, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky reiterated an OTR Global report that Research In Motion is possibly planning to stop production of the current Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook model. The Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry tablet is the only version Research In Motion sells for the time being. The reasons for the discontinuation of the Wi-Fi edition, Abramsky states, could be related to a pullback in production, a move that would align channel inventory with slower than expected sell-through, in addition to RIM focusing on upcoming PlayBook versions with cellular connectivity.

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First day BlackBerry PlayBook sales may have exceeded expectations

By on April 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM.

First day BlackBerry PlayBook sales may have exceeded expectations

Amid multiple reports to the contrary, RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky on Wednesday said first day PlayBook sales likely exceeded analysts’ expectations. In a note to investors, Abramsky states that RIM may have moved about 50,000 PlayBook tablets on launch day alone, including pre-order sales. The analyst and his team placed calls to 70 different Best Buy, Staples and RadioShack locations to inquire about PlayBook sales performance on launch day. Reported performance ranged from light sales in some locations to sell-outs, which occurred at 11% of the stores RBC polled. RBC also used Best Buy’s online inventory tool to check stock at 180 additional locations in 10 major U.S. cities, and found that the 16GB PlayBook is unavailable at 13% of stores, the 32GB model is unavailable at 87% of stores and the 64GB model is unavailable at 91% of the locations viewed. As preliminary inventory quantities for these stores is currently unknown, this information is of little use since many stores might not have received higher-capacity PlayBook models to begin with. Finally, Abramsky notes that the PlayBook may have outperformed first-day sales of Motorola’s XOOM and even Samsung’s popular Galaxy Tab, and he believes RIM is on track to sell 500,000 PlayBook tablets in its first quarter of availability.

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RBC: 'iPads outselling hotcakes,' iPhone 5 due in September

By on April 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM.

RBC: 'iPads outselling hotcakes,' iPhone 5 due in September

RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky on Tuesday reiterated the firm’s position that sales of popular Apple products like the iPad 2 likely helped Apple record an impressive fiscal second quarter. In a note to investors, Abramsky wrote that tremendous demand for Apple’s iPad 2 tablet along with solid sales of the iPhone 4 (17 million units) and Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks (3.6 million total Macs) may have led to $24 billion in revenue in the second quarter. The figure would represent 78% growth over the same quarter last year, and is above Wall Street’s consensus of $23 billion. RBC sees Apple having shipped 7 million iPads in the second quarter, which includes 2-3 million iPad 2 units and is down 5% from the year prior. The firm estimates 8 million third-quarter iPad shipments, and also notes that Apple will likely launch the iPhone 5 in September — but if it instead launches in June, it could add $1.2 billion to the firm’s $23-$24 billion third-quarter revenue estimates. RBC adjusted its full-year iPad sales forecast up from 25 million to 31 million units, thus pushing its fiscal 2011 revenue estimates from $99 billion to $102 billion and possibly helping Apple to cross the $100 billion milestone for the first time. Apple will report its fiscal second-quarter earnings on April 20th.

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AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition to benefit Apple, RIM and Google

By on March 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM.

AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition to benefit Apple, RIM and Google

In a note to investors on Monday, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky highlighted several implications surrounding AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA. Interestingly, RBC sees the merger as having the potential to provide various benefits to each of three staunch rivals — Apple, RIM and Google. For Apple, this deal will drastically increase the company’s addressable market for the iPhone, and could result in an additional 6 to 8 million iPhone subscribers over the next 2 to 3 years. Abramsky also notes that additional pressure could be put on Sprint to offer its own version of the iPhone, which would make the device available from all major U.S. carriers. For RIM, Abramsky writes that while T-Mobile only accounted for between 5 and 7% of RIM’s revenue in 2010, the company could potentially put more BlackBerry devices in the hands of users when devices that would normally be AT&T exclusives become available to T-Mobile’s 46 million subscribers. Finally, RBC’s note points out that while Google may be losing a strong Android partner in T-Mobile, AT&T has shown that it is now committed to Android as a platform, which could lead to better device selection moving forward for former T-Mobile subscribers. AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile is expected to close within the next 12 months, pending regulatory approval.

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Apple iPad 2 sales to hit 30 million units, RBC forecasts

By on February 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM.

Apple iPad 2 sales to hit 30 million units, RBC forecasts

In a note to investors on Wednesday, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky reiterated the firm’s confidence in Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad. RBC predicts that Apple will sell 30 million iPad 2 units between April 2011 and March 2012. Apple will unveil the iPad 2 at a media event next week, and the tablet is expected to launch in late March or early April. Abramsky discusses expected hardware specifications for the iPad 2 in his note, which include a faster 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a rear camera, a front-facing camera for FaceTime video chat and a thinner, lighter case. He also notes that initial supply may be constrained due to component availability, however, which jibes with our earlier report.

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RBC: Verizon to sell over 1 million iPhones in first week, 3-4 million in Q1

By on February 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM.

RBC: Verizon to sell over 1 million iPhones in first week, 3-4 million in Q1

In a note to investors on Tuesday, RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky issued the firm’s estimates for sales of Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 during its first week and first quarter of availability. Best on the firm’s pre-order estimates, RBC believes that first-week sales of Verizon’s iPhone 4, which goes on sale tomorrow, will surpass 1 million units. Channel inventory at launch is estimated to be between 1 and 1.5 million units, and Abramsky thinks the entire inventory may be depleted during the phone’s first week of availability. RBC also projects that between 3 and 4 million Verizon iPhone 4 units will be sold during the first quarter of 2011. Finally, RBC notes that its previous estimates of between 9 and 10 million Verizon iPhones being sold during the 2011 calendar year may be conservative. Verizon Wireless took pre-orders from existing subscribers on February 3rd and stated that the highly anticipated smartphone broke its previous first-day sales record in less than two hours. Pre-sales were available for a total of 17 hours and analyst estimates for total pre-sales on February 3rd are as high as 500,000 units.

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RBC ups its target for Apple stock to $425 following huge quarter

By on January 19, 2011 at 12:17 PM.

RBC ups its target for Apple stock to $425 following huge quarter

Just one week ago, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky sent a price target revision to investors upping the firm’s target for Apple stock from $365 to $395. Following Apple’s monster quarter, RBC issued a new revision — this time raising its target to $425. Apple’s conservative second-quarter guidance of $22 billion still beat the Street’s $21 billion, and Abramsky points out that Mac shipments grew faster than Windows PC shipments for the 19th consecutive quarter. The firm now expects Apple’s 2011 fiscal year revenue to come in at $99 billion, up from its earlier estimate of $90.8 billion, and FY12 revenue estimates have been upped from $103.3 billion to $108 billion. Abramsky also notes that while Jobs’ medical leave may have a near-term impact on Apple’s stock, the company’s huge momentum remains intact.

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RBC: iPhone sales to hit 70 million in 2011

By on January 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

RBC: iPhone sales to hit 70 million in 2011

In a price target revision sent to investors Wednesday morning, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky raised the firm’s target for Apple stock to $395 from $365. RBC also raised its revenue estimates, speculating that increased demand and new product launches would drive Apple’s revenue to $90.8 billion in the 2011 fiscal year and $103.3 billion in 2012. Abramsky’s revised figures put Apple’s first quarter revenue at $25 billion, above the Street’s consensus of $24.2 billion, and the second quarter will dip slightly to between $20 and $21 billion. Apple is expected to sell 3 million Verizon iPhones in the second quarter, with unit sales totaling 9 to 10 million in the calendar year. Based on the addition of the Verizon iPhone and strong demand for the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch in June or July, RBC estimates that Apple will sell 70 million iPhones in the 2011 calendar year — 19% of the estimated global smartphone market.

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RBC: Verizon iPhone to sell 9-10 million units in 2011

By on January 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM.

RBC: Verizon iPhone to sell 9-10 million units in 2011

In a note to investors on Monday, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky stated that Verizon Wireless may sell 9-10 million iPhones in 2011. The figure represents RBC’s preliminary estimates covering the 2011 calendar year. RBC’s projection is up to double the street’s earlier consensus of 5 million units. Abramsky notes that while Apple CEO Steve Jobs may make an appearance at the Verizon Wireless iPhone event scheduled to take place tomorrow, RBC does not anticipate additional product announcements. Previous rumors suggested Apple might also announce an iPad 2 compatible with Verizon Wireless’ data network at the event. Verizon Wireless is expected to announce the CDMA iPhone at a special press event tomorrow, January 11th, and BGR reported exclusively that the device looks set to launch on February 3rd.

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