this AI piece is totally based on remarks by one "analyst," Alex Gauna. he is a notorious Apple bad-mouther.
as Katie notes, in March he downgraded Apple stock from "outperform" the market to "perform." what Katie did not do is check how things actually turned out. in the six months since then, the DJ is down 12%, but Apple is up 10%. so clearly Apple has "outperformed" the market, and Gauna was plainly wrong.
more notable, tho, is one of his statements Katie missed. as Fortune reported on 8/26, he also believes the departure of Jobs means: "I am skeptical. This is the beginning of the end of the innovation that we have seen Apple usher into the new era. I think investors should be looking for diversified positions out of Apple at this point."
for a much better evaluation of Gauna's "analyst" work, go again to Fortune and this piece by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, "The Day Apple Landed In Gauna":http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/...nded-in-guana/
that's how it's done, Katie. this guy Gauna has a personal agenda, and his stuff doesn't merit coverage in AI.