What most people continue to ignore is that Apple is the world's most valuable brand. Apple products are a status symbol and the Chinese love to own status symbols to display wealth. What cheaper way to say your well off in China than to own a genuine iPhone? There's a reason why the iPhone had 76% of ALL phone sales in Japan in October. And a Gold iPhone in China? Please, there will be a huge clamoring for that in China.
This weekly options pinning manipulation is bordering on criminal activity but when all is said and done, AAPL will go back to it's all time highs prior to January earnings and then exceed it in 2014.