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The iMore Show returns LIVE tonight and we'll be quickly hitting all the highlights -- and lowlights -- of the beaten-to-death Apple vs. Samsung $1 billion U.S. court verdict, then we'll be switching gears to talk all the latest news and rumors about iOS 6, the iPhone 5, and the iPad mini -- including what might, and might NOT be there.

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Question: Was the $1 billion (and possibly up to $3 billion) penalty worth it to Samsung?

Yes, that's a lot of money. But to put it in perspective, Samsung's annual marketing budget is somewhere around $2.5 billion, much of which they spend on their mobile division. And we can't ignore the publicity and resulting sympathy the ruling has generated for Samsung.

Also, in more concrete terms, Samsung's smartphones have pushed all other Android handset makers off the cliff. (Not to mention keeping RIM and Microsoft out of serious contention.) And it looks like that won't change any time soon. Isn't that worth a $1 billion - $3 billion penalty?

Question: If the (rumored) new 'mystery component' behind the next iPhone's upper back glass panel is *not* an NFC sensor, then what is it?

Earpiece subwoofer? Ultrasonic rangefinder for the camera (a la Polaroid SX-70)? Infrared flash for the camera?

Highly unlikely. We still think it could be for NFC, but only for very short-range use. As in actually tapping your iPhone lightly against the point-of-sale terminal. Sure, Anandtech and Jim Dalrymple say NFC isn't happening on the next iPhone. But all Anandtech actually said was:

"...given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out."

How much glass area do you need? Not much if your range is 1 or 2 inches, we'd guess. So we're not ruling out NFC just yet. (And can Apple really wait another year before entering the mobile contactless space beyond its own Easy Pay self-checkout system?)

Do you think the iPad Mini could be the catalyst for a fundamental change in the school system? Will the price be low enough to drive wide read adoption in schools and possibly result in an iPad for each student instead of textbooks?