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Why the next iPhone could help Apple recover its margins
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By now we’re all familiar with the main reason Apple (AAPL) shares have tanked over the past few months: Investors are worried that the company’s growth has stalled and that its margins have already passed their peak and are headed for a long decline. However, AppleInsider points us to a new research note from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, who says that Apple’s gross margins should recover later this year after the company launches its next iPhone.

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Huberty reasons that Apple’s recent margins have taken a hit after the company spent around  $4.5 billion to purchase new hardware for the iPhone 5 and its larger display. Now that Apple has gotten a knack for building the bigger iPhone — and especially now that manufacturers have been producing higher yields for the device — Huberty thinks the company will spend significantly less on components for the so-called iPhone 5S that the company is rumored to be launching this June.

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Despite this, Huberty still doesn’t see Apple returning to the glory days of 2012 when its margins peaked at almost 44%. Rather, she and Morgan Stanley project Apple will post margins of 38.7% for 2013.

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