I suspect that members of senior management and the board of directors at Apple are aware of the impact these measures have on share prices. Historically speaking, companies that have steadily increased their dividends and repurchased their shares have outperformed shares of other companies.
Apple has the opportunity, and luxury, of being among the few select companies that could engage in a share buyback and raise its dividend without raising its dividend payout ratio or significantly impacting its cash available for R&D -- a rare feat that has traditionally been very rewarding. The bottom line is that no one knows what actions might be taken in the short term. However, given that Apple's senior management has lots of Apple shares, these steps are both self-serving and beneficial to all Apple investors. At the time of publication the author had a position in AAPL. This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.