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In this Dec. 23, 2013 file photo, a woman using a phone walks past Apple's logo near its retail outlet in Beijing.
In this Dec. 23, 2013 file photo, a woman using a phone walks past Apple's logo near its retail outlet in Beijing.
(Ng Han Guan/AP)

Can Apple pivot from growth to value?

No wonder Carl Icahn recently stopped pestering Apple Inc. to dish out more of its idle billions to shareholders. The tech juggernaut is turning itself into a value investor’s dream with its latest muscular quarterly earnings, a healthy dividend hike, an enlarged share buyback plan and a seven-for-one stock split that will make it more appealing to smaller punters.