Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Leaks: Manufacturers of accessories for the iPhone have acquired plans that purportedly show the design for Apple‘s (AAPL) much-anticipated lower-cost iPhone, AppleInsider notes. The accessory producers are using the design plans to make cases for the cheaper iPhone, which is being dubbed the “iPhone Lite.” According to the plans, the iPhone Lite will retain much of the iPhone 5′s design, including a 4-inch touchscreen, curved edges and a front-facing FaceTime camera. The plans also support recent rumors that the upcoming iPhone 5S will also retain the iPhone 5′s design. However, the iPhone Lite is expected to be 0.8 millimeters thicker and slightly taller than the iPhone 5S. It will also feature a singular LED flash, compared to a dual LED flash shown for the iPhone 5S. The design plans did not reveal the material used in the iPhone Lite’s exterior casing, which is widely expected to be made from plastic, or whether it would be available in multiple colors, as recent rumors have suggested. The leaked plans are not official and the actual design of the iPhone Lite could differ significantly from what they show, assuming Apple does actually introduce a cheaper iPhone.
School Choice: Apple has landed a $30 million contract to provide iPads to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Wall Street Journal notes. Under the deal, every student attending the district’s 47 campuses will receive an iPad. Apple has been promoting the iPad as a tool for educators and opened iTunes U to grammar and high school teachers last year. The company has also developed software to help accelerate the preparation and distribution of e-textbooks. The Los Angeles Unified School District is the nation’s second largest school district. Its board voted unanimously to award the contract to Apple.
Insecure: Hotspot passwords generated automatically by iOS devices can be compromised in less than a minute, ZDNet notes. Three researchers from Germany’s University of Erlangen found that hackers could determine the randomly generated passwords because iOS uses only a small number of default words, which are combined with numbers, to create the passwords. Using an AMD (AMD) Radeon HD 6990 GPU, the researchers compromised iOS WiFi connections within 49 minutes. When switching to a more powerful cluster of four AMD Radeon HD 7970′s, the researchers were able to break any iOS default password in 50 seconds. The researchers noted that hotspot passwords should be “composed of completely random sequences of letters, numbers, and special characters” in order to increase security.
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