Apple (AAPL) iPhone 5 Announcement Leaves Stock Unchanged

The highly-anticipated announcement sent shares of Apple (AAPL) down as the tech company announced the glass and aluminum iPhone 5.

Because the build-up and this summer's speculation over the phone was already built into the stock price, shares were trading up around the 1 P.M. announcement by 0.5 percent to $663.60, only to later drop slightly.

Apple's stock closed up 1.4 percent to $669.79 at the end of Wednesday.

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Before showing photos of the new smartphone, which is thinner, lighter and bigger, CEO Tim Cook discussed Apple's global growth in iPhone and laptop sales, including opening stores in its 13th country, Sweden, later this year.

Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt said the announcemnt was largely as expected, with a thinner and lighter iPhone and a bigger screen and better processor and high-speed 4G LTE connectivity.

However, he said "the timing of the launch dates were slightly more aggressive relative to fears of supply issues."

Apple is launching the phone in nine countries on Sept. 21 and 22 more countries one week later.

Shares of Apple have a 52-week high of $683.29. The company is the most valuable in the world with a market capitalization of about $620 billion, even making its way in the history books after beating out Microsoft for a record-high market cap last month.

Investors questioned before the announcement whether the company's stock could surpass the $700 level sometime this year.

Michael Holt, analyst with investment firm Morningstar, said the model of the new iPhone was what investors had expected: a larger screen and faster data speeds.

"Unlike last year with the release of the iPhone 4S where most of the upgrades were to internal components, we believe that the visible changes to the design will be easier for consumers to appreciate," Holt said. "To some extent, Apple is playing catch-up to Samsung with this release. Additionally, as smartphones evolve, it is becoming more and more difficult to leap-frog the competition with unexpected features."

Last month, a jury sided with Apple over Samsung in a lawsuit over the intellectual property of smartphone and tablet designs.

The trial focused in part on Google's Android operating system which was used in the Samsung products in the legal dispute. The features of Android operating systems were said to closely resemble those of Apple's, including a user's ability to zoom on the screen with their fingers.

The competitive mobile device industry has raced to create the "next big thing," faster and sometimes cheaper than existing products. Still, Apple's profits rose to $8.8 billion in the third quarter from $7.3 billion a year ago.

In July, Apple announced softer than expected third quarter earnings results as many current iPhone users were waiting for the next iPhone. The company sold 26 million iPhones, up 28 percent over the previous year.

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