updated 11:50 am EDT, Mon May 18, 2009
McAfee, Symantec on iPhone
Both McAfee and Symantec have confirmed work on iPhone-related software, according to Reuters. McAfee says it is specifically working on new security programs, described as part of a "comprehensive suite for the Apple family," including its usual Mac focus. Though the company has declined to provide specific details, including even a release timeframe, it is best-known for anti-virus software, and was last year spotted working on an iPhone app called iVirusScan.
Symantec says it is working on a backup service, which would allow the duplication of data kept on an iPhone in case of loss or damage. Users would also have remote access to content from their computer, or else a website, the company explains. The service could represent a form of competition for Apple's MobileMe, although the latter includes functions like e-mail and device sync.