CUPERTINO, Calif. ( TheStreet) - Investors have plenty of reasons to love Apple ( AAPL)in 2012, from fothcoming gadgets, a potential dividend and even a new spirit of 'openness' in Cupertino. The tech giant, which is on deck to report its fiscal first-quarter results after market close, looks set for a busy year, likely fuelled by a new iPad, iPhone, and possibly an Apple TV launch.
Apple missed the consensus profit view for just the third time since 2002 in its fiscal fourth-quarter, although all the signs point to the iPhone maker enjoying a robust holiday season. Analysts are looking for Apple to report revenue of $38.9 billion and earnings of $10.10 a share after market close, up from sales $26.74 billion and earnings of $6.43 a share in the prior year's quarter. Check out TheStreet's Live Blog of Apple's earnings, starting at 3.45 ET: Looking beyond Tuesday's earnings, though, here are three reasons why investors could love Apple in 2012.