Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have the best product pipeline cycle in the known universe. Steve Jobs et al have designed a product release schedule popping out new must-have gadgets on a schedule so scientific Ivan Pavlov must be applauding from above.
Now, Apple is preparing to release the sure-to-be blockbuster iPhone 5. Although we cannot yet confirm whether the iPhone 5 will debut in September or October, the product release will act as a huge catalyst for Apple’s stock. As long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know, a ‘Catalyst for a Stock’s Movement’ is the ‘C’ in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.
Although all Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPads, Macs, and software are also key, the iPhone smartphone is extra special because “it captured two-thirds of all profits in the mobile phone business last quarter, according to statistics from Asymco. Another way of looking at it: Apple made about twice as much profit on mobile phones as Samsung, RIM (NASDAQ:RIMM), and HTC (NYSE:S) did combined, while Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Motorola (NYSE:MSI)(NYSE:MMI), Sony-Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), and LG all saw losses.”
This means Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a strong catalyst coming down the pipes this fall. Barring any systemic issues regarding the US debt limit or EU sovereign debt crisis, dips in Apple’s stock prior to the release of iPhone 5 should provide investors with excellent opportunities to build a winning position.