Now Apple’s board is holding its CEO and other leaders accountable for the stumbles.
While Cook’s salary rose to $3 million from $2 million last year, his cash bonus took a hit. Apple awarded Cook and other executives 89.5% of their target, instead of the maximum amount like in recent years.
That meant Cook’s cash bonus fell to $5.4 million in 2016, down from $8 million the year before.
Cook’s total compensation was $8.7 million last year, compared with $10.3 million in 2015.
Sales of iPhones have declined in each of the past three quarters, slipping to 45.5 million in the September quarter. The problem is that Apple has faced competition from Samsung and other smartphone makers and the newest iPhones haven’t featured enough upgrades to lure customers.