@ mvigod: "Apple's weak buyback stance makes me constantly wonder if they are not as confident in their future as we would hope they are."
Perhaps they envision a USE for mega bucks...a large acquisition, buildout, who knows? There are other uses of cash than stock buyouts and finagles. I feel, though, that a lot is in flux right now. So they aren't doing anything that would tie up cash until things shake out. Just my two cents.