While I was never on board for the company to issue one in the first place, Apple could raise its dividend. That could be a major catalyst. Not only would Steve Jobs have never appeased shareholders, he sure as heck would never raise a dividend to pump the stock. I wouldn't put it past Tim Cook, particularly if holiday earnings miss, are in line or only modestly beat. Bottom line: If Apple knocks off, it will result from its own doing. They're not there yet. Innovation from the big boys is all but absent. Companies such as Google ( GOOG) can do little more than compete -- feebly -- on price. And the ones who don't attempt to undercut Apple bring nothing compelling enough or, in RIM's case, on time to woo holiday shoppers. When the bear trap snaps, it's going to get ugly. At the time of publication the author was long AAPL.Follow @rocco_thestreetThis article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.