Here’s What Analysts Are Saying About the iPad Event


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Apple’s iPad event brought solid updates to its tablet line, but no surprises: the rumoured Touch ID and the more powerful A8X processor designed for the iPad Air 2, a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, an announcement of Apple Pay availability. How did analysts reacted to this event? Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt has done an early roundup.

Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald was impressed with Apple’s product upgrade, and he believes Apple is in the midst of what he sees as a “super cycle” that he expects to keep the stock price in an “upward trajectory”.

Other analysts, such as William Power of Baird, weren’t as impressed, mentioning there were no surprises. He did express the importance of Apple Pay, which will go live on Monday alongside iOS 8.1.

“Apple held an event in Cupertino to announce its latest iPads and iMacs, which were largely in line with expectations. Perhaps more significantly, Apple Pay is scheduled to go live on Monday, opening a new chapter for the Apple ecosystem… The company announced that it now has 220,000 U.S. retail locations and 500 banks on board to support it at launch. That said, it’s still missing many big-name retailers, which could limit adoption out of the gate.” Outperform. $112.

Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray says the updates impact almost a third of Apple’s business, so it was an important step to take.

Analysts remain positive about Apple Pay, although some “fear” limited availability: the company has more than 200,000 partners in the US, and since last month’s announcement, another 500 new partners have joined the initiative.

The majority of analysts rate Apple a buy or overweight, with price target set between $112 and $120.


  • Parksy

    I’m not an analyst but I think they have too many iPads. An iPad Air 2 and an iPad Mini 3 are great but having the old Air and Mini 2 still available just clutters the market and makes it confusing for some consumers. The fact they now offer a $250 tablet is good when comparing it to some of the cheaper Android offerings but it’s still very cluttered.

  • AEdouard

    I’d scrap the iPad Air 1. It’s going to eat into the iPad Air 2’s sales, as many people will not see the pretty obvious, to me at least, advantage of the super fast GPU in the Air 2. The one in the first Air was OK, but not great to run that very high def display.

    Keeping the Mini 2 isn’t a bad idea I think. It gives people a lower cost option that doesn’t have that many competitors, with Google dropping the low price tablets with the absence of a new Nexus 7.

  • Salinger

    I’d take the reverse view. With very little research, a potential customer can see very obvious advantages to the Air 2 over the Air 1: thinner, faster, more powerful etc. Go with the 1 to save money, but get last year’s tech, or spend a little more and get this year’s latest and greatest.

    The minis are a different story. How do you explain to someone why they should consider the mini 3 (aside from storage capacity) over the mini 2? They’re IDENTICAL! You can save a little money and buy last year’s tech, or spend a little more and get …last year’s tech?!?