The 1 Thing Apple Investors Need to Watch in 2013

With a smaller iPad and increasing smartphone competition that includes Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10, which is due by the end of the month, investors appear convinced Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) will have to give up some of its legendary pricing premium in order to keep peers at bay.

Eroding carrier subsidies may also be hurting profits. At least week's Consumer Electronics Show, T-Mobile announced a potentially crazy $70 no-contract plan that includes unlimited data. We don't yet know if AT&T and Verizon will follow suit, but it seems unlikely given how much the pair make from data fees. A public outcry for lower pricing could change that.

Either way, this series of unfortunate events could push CEO Tim Cook to rethink pricing and subsidy arrangements, and in turn, exert pressure on gross margin. How likely is it to happen? I address this question and more in the video below. Please watch it, then weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On January 15, 2013, at 9:18 PM, TimKnows wrote:

    In 2012 investors should have looked at the iPhone 5 and sold the stock. Now they are stuck with the iJunk.

  • Report this Comment On January 15, 2013, at 10:13 PM, H3D wrote:

    RIM is dead. BB10 will go the way of the PlayBook.

    Silly rumours push the share price down but earnings fixes that.

    Next week Apple will announce Q1 earnings high enough to buy RIM twice over. That's once every 6 weeks.

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