This is completely wrong and an oft repeated mistake. The Sept quarter was much higher than Apple's projection but it wasn't as high as the analysts were dreaming. It wasn't Apple that missed but the analysts. Apple's guidance was an EPS of $7.05 which ended up being $8.67. The average analyst had worked themselves up to around $8.81. They overshot a little.
This was a quarter yearning for major product upgrades, especially the iPhone, but they still grew some 27% from the previous year. The December quarter is packed with major upgrades and a new iPad product. It will be a very important quarter for the analysts who will learn that Apple is still growing very fast.