Well, probably steve's leave of absence isn't the issue, but has anyone checked buyer's guide lately? There are NO apple products that are recently updated! Everything is in the mid-product cycle or approaching the end (and in some cases, it should have been updated long ago, note: iPod classic) of cycle. http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/ check it out. What I'm saying is, the company is kinda falling apart without Steve. And I'm really hoping that Tim Cook does a good job with the next iPod classic and the new Macbook lineup!