Since that post, IDC reported Apple's share of the tablet market dropped from 59.7% to 50.4% during the third quarter. Looking forward, there are big concerns about margin pressure because the iPhone 5 is brand new and the iPad Mini is much less profitable than the bigger version.
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And of course, Apple alienated everyone by dropping Google and putting its inferior mapping technology on the iPhone 5, as well as forcing its loyal customers to switch to the Lightning adapter. Meanwhile, myriad stories have been written about how the fear of higher capital gains taxes is prompting investors to dump the stock.
The airways are filled with direct predictions, including Jeffrey Gundlach's forecast that the stock could fall to as low as $425, a roughly 22% decline from Monday's close near $543.
Ed Conway , economics editor for Sky News, penned a blog entitled Dear Apple, I'm Leaving You, which is a lament from a self-described fan. Meanwhile, Michael Wolff writes "The Age of Apple Is Over" in USA Today, which feels a bit like piling on and opportunism from a very savvy writer.