3 Reasons Why Apple Will Shine in 2012

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.

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Looking beyond Tuesday's earnings, though, here are three reasons why investors could love Apple in 2012.

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