The wonderful thing about being an analyst in this day and age is that you can usually say something completely crazy and people will forget about it the next day no matter how wrong it turns out to be. Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry, however, last year made possibly the stupidest claim in the history of tech analysis: Namely, he said that unless Apple came out with an Apple Watch within 60 days, it would simply “disappear.”
In case you don’t remember, here’s the quote in all its glory from March 2014: “They only have 60 days left to either come up with something or they will disappear. It will take years for Apple’s $130 billion in cash to vanish, but it will become an irrelevant company… it will become a zombie, if they don’t come up with an iWatch.”
Of course, the Apple Watch still hasn’t been released and Apple is nonetheless looking stronger than ever. For his part, Chowdhry has grown much more bullish on the company since this time last year and G for Games highlights his latest bold claim about the number of apps the device will have available at launch.
“By April 10, 2015, we are expecting 100,000 Apple Watch Apps on AppStore,” writes Chowdhry. “Currently, on an average there are 65 Apps per iPhone. We are estimating that an average Apple Watch will have 100 Apps per Apple Watch. There will be no single killer app for Apple Watch — each user will have their own set of Killer Apps…one way to think is that the consumer is getting 100 different devices in one Apple Watch.”
In addition to predicting the Apple Watch will have 100,000 different apps available at launch, Chowdhry also said that Apple is going to sell 42 million Apple Watches by the end of the year, which is a very high estimate but not totally out of line with other estimates we’ve heard.
As for the 100,000 Apple Watch apps at launch, we’ll just have to see how well that prediction turns out in less than two months.