For some Apple watchers, consumers assembled at the tech giant's brick and mortar stores for a product release can give key hints about growth prospects.
One bullish analyst sees positive signs from talking to buyers of the next-generation iPhone, which launched Friday morning. Concerns have grown that Apple's momentum could slow if the device saturates, but those fears look overblown based on the early rollout of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, contended Dan Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets.
"We really saw a lot of enthusiasm across the board," he said on CNBC's "Closing Bell." "Apple's going to prove a lot of the skeptics wrong."