Look around, you know your enemy.
It's not manipulation, it's rampant speculation by retail in the option market that is pulling the rug out of apple share price.
You don't own shares but you want apple to trade at fair value, then you are the problem. Not to be harsh, but a lot of lives hurt very bad financially in past 3 months with option speculation.
I only trade AAPL on both sides - don't play with options as the pros with big money will kill you. I don't think AAPL is a good buy and hold at this level as it may go down to 400 or even lower... Trading for range bound is what I'm doing.
I'm cautious long and done adding since 525. If we trade down to 450 prior to earnings I will add.
I'm cautious in spite of what I consider overwhelming information to suggest strong Q1 beat and typical Q2 sandbagged guidance. Apple has gotten more unpredictable and divereged from the company than I have seen in a long time.