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iPhone 5 rumor roll-up for the week ending Nov. 25

John Cox | Nov. 29, 2011
The iOSsphere is now very sure iPhone 5 will have a 4-inch display. They're just not sure who is building it.

Misek says he believes that production of the new iPad 3 displays started two weeks ago at Sharp's Gen 6 Kameyama plant, which is now entirely devoted to Apple. He says he expects the site will be the source for "the vast majority" of iPad 3 and future "iPhone 5 LTE" screens. "The price at which Apple will be able to procure these panels will be lower than expected as the capital commitment by Apple likely necessitates below market pricing in our view."

iPhone 5 won't be immune to malware

Which is another, and worse, way of saying that "iPhone 5 will be vulnerable to malware." But when you put it that way, it doesn't sound like, you know, news.

The full headline at gadget site RealityPod.com is: "Security Specialist: iPhone 5 Won't Be Immune To Malware."

"According to a blog entry about smartphone security by a computer security specialist and a writer, Bruce Schneier, iPhones will never get more secure than Android because of the rules imposed by Apple on the iTunes App Store," according to RealityPod, which doesn't bother to link to Schneier's post.

We do, however. His post actually isn't about the iPhone 5, or the Next iPhone, or even current iPhones. So what is it about, you ask?

His blog post headline helpfully declares: "Android Malware." He's noting and linking to a recent report that found a huge surge in malware incidents for Android phones. And he makes a general observation about that: "As the phones become more integrated into people's lives -- smart phone banking, electronic wallets -- they're simply going to become the most valuable device for criminals to go after."

Then follows his one reference to Apple and iPhone: "And I don't believe the iPhone will be more secure because of Apple's rigid policies for the app store." Schneier apparently means, "Apple's rigid App Store policies will not make the iPhone more secure." But RealityPod interpreted this to mean, "Future iPhones will be insecure because of the rigid App Store policies."

RealityPod's rather garbled conclusion: "Now, Apple must keep its security right at the top of its priorities or time will prove that one of the Cupertino giant's primary concerns will be those of security."

Expect Apple to include near-field communications (NFC) in iPhone 5

That's the conclusion drawn by ITProPortal and other tech websites, based on a new "report." Or several reports. Or reporting. Something, anyway.

NFC is a very short-range radio appearing in various devices and touted, for years, as a way to allow mobile payments by turning your card or handset into a mobile wallet.

This is not a new rumor, of course. But don't think that these sites are merely recycling.

 

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