Comedian Louis CK famously said "Everything's amazing and nobody's happy" and there is no clearer example of this being true. In an attempt to catalog all of the Apple bears, I'm going to start linking em here. To be clear, I think most of these are bunk or written by folks who have ulterior motives, but the shear volume of them these days is breathtaking. This is the one that finally got me to post something: http://www.businessinsider.com/something-went-wrong-at-apple-2013-5 All stuff I simply shake my head at. But then they note something I myself have pointed out a few times (backpat/cookie!) Even for apple 9 months is a huge gap. And clearly they could have delayed the iMac to make that a smaller gap, it was rushed needlessly to make holiday and then they didn't have stock. But.... Perhaps they needed that out of the way to put a line in the sand. To focus on big changes and new products. We'll see.