“2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, with political upheavals the world over and a constant stream of high profile celebrity deaths. But the tech world hasn’t been without its dramas either, and one company that’s been keeping pundits and analysts at the edge of their seats throughout the year is Apple,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports for ZDNet. “And 2017 looks to be an even tougher year.”

“iPhone sales are weakening, and analysts are predicting that things are only going to get worse,” Kingsley-Hughes reports. “Next year’s 10th anniversary iPhone might kick off a huge upgrade cycle, but beyond that the consensus among analysts seems to be that the trajectory is headed downwards.”

“As for everything else that needs a refresh, Apple doesn’t seem in any rush to do anything. It’s almost like it’s stretched to the limits by the demands of making and continually refreshing the iPhone line,” Kingsley-Hughes reports. “To top it all off, Apple hasn’t even managed to get its AirPod wireless earphones out in time for the holidays, allegedly due to an audio sync issue. This is a pretty big fail for a company that was crowing about how awesome the AirPods were only a few weeks ago.”

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MacDailyNews Take: 2016 is the nadir for Apple. Kingsley-Hughes offers no real evidence that 2017 will be “even tougher.” In fact, we emphatically believe that will not be the case.