China will be the catalyst for Apple in 2014
In my opinion, China will be the single most important catalyst for Apple in 2014 and beyond.
Reasons for the turnaround and accelerated growth in China are as follows;
#4 Apple will double number of stores in China in 2014.
#3 Apple finally inked a deal with China mobile and should start selling I-phones before the Chinese New Year.
#2 Increased competition among carriers in China have promoted carriers to offer discounts which should improve overall sales, as well as put pressure on China mobile to offer similar subsidies.
#1 The number one reason I believe Apple will re-excelerate growth in China is that China is now a teir 1 country.
Until the release of the I-phone 5s/5c Chinese customers had to wait weeks to months to purchase new Apple products at premium prices. As competition has increased in the cell phone market new phones and tablets are being released every few months. Before China was a teir 1 country, Apple products were most likely viewed as being older or outdated by the time they finally became available to the Chinese consumer. This likely gave samsung and others an advantage in most of 2013.
in addition, increased I-phone sale should improve Apples margins in 2014. GLTA