My colleague Sam Ro sums it up perfectly.
Apple up 31% this year, the most disappointing 31% gain of all time.
— Sam Ro (@bySamRo) December 31, 2012
The stock ended the year with at 532.86, helped by a major 4.57% gain.
But of course, the stock peaked this year at 705, so it experienced a huge selloff in the remaining months of the year.