WSJ; Overheard On Wall Street: Great Artists Steal, As Steve Jobs Would Say

Mr. Jobs was fond of quoting that line from Pablo Picasso, according to Walter Isaacson's biography of the late Apple founder, especially after getting some of his best ideas in a 1979 visit to a Xerox facility.

Apple nabbed something else from Xerox; Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri, who will become corporate controller. Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes describes him as "a champion of shareholder return," who could increase Apple's share of buybacks "materially."
Apple estimates existing dividends and buybacks will use up $45 billion over three years. But there is room for more. Even discounting cash kept abroad. Apple had $39 billion in its domestic account as of September and will make much more in the next few years. Mr. Jobs' Xerox visit was perhaps more monumental. But, bigger buybacks would be nice for investors, too.