Apple blazed its trail as one of the most iconic companies in the world by bucking trends, not playing into them. However, its recent move to roll out an iPad Mini seems like the exact opposite.  

But there's usually a method to Apple's madness. Technology analyst Andrew Tonner highlights one figure Apple investors need to be laser focused on to see whether Apple's lost its way in the post-Jobs era.

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