This is simply great news for long term investors. It allows people to buy in and accrue more shares. Meanwhile, with every passing day, Apple nears the "qualifications" for dividend funds (generally 1 year of paying dividends) and the anticipation of a spectacular 2013. iRadio, iTV, China Mobile, an iPhone for emerging markets and refreshes of the iPhone (5S) and the iPad (5) and the iPad mini with retina display. And to top it all off, Apple is buying back shares at a discounted price. Sets up for a very strong finish to the year and a $650-$700 price. All while getting a dividend and the opportunity to snag a few more shares. All is well at Apple.