FORTUNE -- How do you describe a company that grew like gangbusters but has entered a patch of slower growth?
Some desk editors at the business news services have hit on what they seem to think is the perfect phrase: Apple (AAPL) is "losing steam."
Last week it was Bloomberg News with this headline:
Which as we took pains to point out didn't do a particularly good job of describing either Harvard's investment strategy or the iPhone's sales growth. See: Bloomberg's lazy Apply bias.
Then, on Tuesday, Reuters weighed in with this headline:
Several problems with that one:
A Reuters headline has some Apple watchers scratching their heads.
FORTUNE -- A Taipei-datelined Reuters story getting widely picked up Wednesday uses "disappointing" twice in six paragraphs to describe sales of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.
"Disappointing demand" for the iPhone between January and March is blamed for the 19% drop in the first-quarter revenue of Hon Hai, which assembles iPhones in its Foxconn factories.
"Disappointing holiday sales" in the previous quarter are said to have "reinforced MORE
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Sluggish demand, says one report. An over-abundance of supply, says another.
Dueling stories Monday in Reuters and the Financial Times about the Chinese gray market for Apple (AAPL) products agree on one thing: The prices the new iPad can fetch have fallen roughly 30% in the past two weeks.
When the latest iPad -- the one with the much-hyped Retina display -- showed up in Beijing the day after its U.S. launch, Chinese MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 26, 2012 6:45 AM ET
Reuters confirms a Chinese paper's report that Proview has lost its case against Apple
A hail-Mary legal play to ban the sale of iPads in Shanghai -- a city of 23 million with three Apple stores -- has failed, according to a Reuters report that crossed the wires early Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, Apple (AAPL) and Shenzhen Proview traded blows in a Shanghai courtroom, Apple arguing that it bought the iPad trademark MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 23, 2012 6:43 AM ET
It's not a pressure-cooker environment that is the problem, but boredom and alienation
"The facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm."
That's Auret van Heerden, president of the Fair Labor Association, speaking to Reuters after an initial visit to the Foxconn factory where Apple's (AAPL) iPads are built.
Apple has been hit with a barrage of criticism over the working conditions in the Chinese factories where its MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 15, 2012 2:58 PM ET
Mixed results from a 12-week Kantar Group snapshot of the walk-up to Christmas
The launch of the iPhone 4S lifted Apple's (AAPL) share of the smartphone market rather dramatically the U.S., the U.K. and Australia between early September and the end of November.
But Apple lost ground just as dramatically against less-expensive Google (GOOG) Android phones on the economically troubled continent, according to results released Thursday by the Kantar Group, a research MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 22, 2011 6:20 AM ET
Reuters adds detail -- and its authority -- to rumors of an 8GB "iCloud iPhone"
Stories have been floating around for months that Apple (AAPL) was building not one but two new iPhones -- the widely expected iPhone 5 and a lower-cost phone that's basically the current iPhone 4 with less on-board memory. According to an item posted two weeks ago by Apple'N'Apps' Trevor Sheridan, company insiders are calling the second device the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 23, 2011 8:07 AM ET
An official search of Kunming, China, yields a surfeit of unauthorized Apple retail shops
Three weeks after an American blogger visiting the capital of China's Yunnan province posted the first photographs of a copycat Apple Store so convincing that even some of the sales staff thought they were working for Steve Jobs, Chinese authorities have identified 22 more unauthorized Apple stores in Kunming city.
According to a Reuters report filed Thursday, the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 12, 2011 5:10 AM ET
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* With just a 27% share of the U.S. search market, Reuters argues Microsoft should find a buyer for online search engine Bing. (Reuters via The New York Times)
* Google is revising its approach towards Google + users who for one reason or another don't use their full, real names MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 26, 2011 7:53 AM ET
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