AAPL was down pre-market because they lost a challenge to Samsung and the futures were negative.
Now for CFury, I ain't saying AAPL is over-priced here, nor in my opinion is it a buy. I think it needs to do some work technically and fundamentally it needs to show it can grow again, all that is just opinion.
The manipulation came at 9:26. Maybe they expect 14K Dow to get tagged and they can push out some shares, the motivation I don't know. At 9:26, one minute after retail for most brokerages is shut down, there was a rapid fire, bot to bot trades (hey, trading with yourself you got nothing to lose) to create upward momentum. That action appears to have killed sell volume and is allowing them to support a green number for now. The longer they support it the more likely they can get a rally if the market rallies.
Just a trick they've been using with AAPL for ages