Flood of new gadgets threatens iPhone, iPad

More than one Mac myth has gone by the wayside; credibility in IT might be the next.


As bugs and virii go, one that causes iPhone users to wake up late is pretty small potatoes.

Especially when the victims are Europeans and iPhone users (though I'm not one of those bigots who thinks iPhonies deserve punishment for preferring toylike design, a childproofed computing environment and core components that don't work even when used properly).

Malware aimed at Apple products punctures some of the self-righteousness of fanboys who slam Windows as buggy and insecure.

It also contradicts one of the most explicit and energetically pursued bits of corporate propaganda in the IT business (note that Apple claims "OS X doesn't get PC viruses," which is true only because Apple insists its machines are somehow now Personal Computers, despite fulfilling all the criteria in both use and design).

Silly Euro-viruses do serve as a reminder that Macs are not, in fact, immune to malware. Macs avoided most malware because they were irrelevant to baddies more interested in raw numbers of infectable PCs, not the questionably unique attributes of any individual brand.

I'm not defending Windows as a secure platform, by the way. There's plenty of evidence and opinion to contradict that as well.

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