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That's the date the tech world will be watching as Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) unveils its iPhone 5 to the world. That puts us at T-minus four days to the event, so investors need to make sure they're fully prepared for the opportunities that lie within.
Source: The Loop.
This year's model will put up massive unit sales figures. Some estimates range as high as 250 million units throughout the product's life cycle, which would more than double lifetime unit sales to date. For numerous component suppliers, that spells profits as they ride on Apple's coattails to riches. Leading up to the event, I'm going to outline a handful of companies that I think will be winners of the iPhone 5.
Voice and audio processor IP: Audience
Not many investors are familiar with Audience (Nasdaq: ADNC ) , but I think they should be. The company just went public and has historically sold digital signal processors to Apple, its largest customer via contract manufacturers. Its chips work in conjunction with the audio codecs that Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS ) provides.
Starting in the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple's relationship with Audience changed. Instead of buying physical processors from the company, the iPhone maker has licensed and now incorporates Audience's intellectual property into its phones in exchange for royalties. This has two effects on the business: Revenue may see downward pressure, as royalties are less than what Audience fetches for its standalone processors, but this relationship will be more profitable and gross margin should increase.
Audience just recently dropped a bomb: The company now doesn't believe its processor IP will be featured in the iPhone 5, with shares quickly losing more than 60% of their value on that gloomy realization. It looks like Audience will not be a winner from the iPhone 5.
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