When Apple (AAPL) neglected to announce any preorder sales figures for its new iPad mini tablet earlier this week, Wall Street got nervous. Now, with the new tablet’s launch just two days away, Apple’s stock is still dropping. In pre-market trading on Wednesday as the New York Stock Exchange prepared to reopen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Apple’s stock dropped below $600, hovering in the low $597-range as of the time of this writing. Shares of Apple stock hit a record high of $705.07 just after the iPhone 5 launched, and have since plummeted more than 15%.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.