"Those who held out for the lawsuit gained essentially nothing, as Apple's original offer to users in 2010 was to give away free Bumper cases worth $29, or nearly twice that of the settlement checks."
I have no use for a bumper, but $15 will buy a nice sandwich and beer.
Apple went silent at the same time as a series of missteps (maps, production problems) and extended lull between significant updates or announcements. So all we get to hear about for the last 7 months is their missteps with generous side of speculation. If Apple won't supply something positive to talk about, someone else will fill in the blanks.
I see no indication they are listening to anyone but themselves, for better or worse. It would be nice if they communicated with someone besides themselves, if only in maintenance of their brand and mindshare. At this time it looks like a year of silence to wait for a plastic down scale iPhone and a minor iPad update. I hope there is more.
The old announced repurchase plan was very limited and Apple has been silent on doing anything more with their piles of money. Beautifully worded, and it captures my frustration exactly. I thought Apple was aware of this.
I have the same hope. Enough time has passed with only incremental updates to existing products to make the next significant product launch, or lack of one, a make or break event. Minor updates like a second iPhone model and retina iPad mini are probably not even enough to tread water.