The real issue, of course, is that Apple is no longer growing. But all the bluster and freaking out today ignores the very real and very obvious fact that this was always inevitable. It’s not only hard to grow forever, it’s impossible. And while that may sound like hyperbole, when you’re at the scale at which Apple currently operates, it’s not.
Pray, The Sequel
M.G. Siegler

The whole stock market revolves around pretending this isn’t true. We punish successful, vital, important companies routinely for not having constant double-digit growth. Capitalism as practiced in the US hates standard issue success. Everything has to grow until it consumes the entire planet and then veers out into space.