By Binu Paul email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 15, 2013 08:00 AM EST
Apple has promised to soon bring a fix for the recently found and much spoken about iOS 6.1 bug that allows anyone to access your iPhone. The fix will be delivered through its next software update which is expected to come shortly, though Apple did not give a timeframe for the fix.
The iOS 6.1 security flaw allows anyone to bypass the iPhone's pass code lock to access the device's phone functions and contacts. In a brief statement issued to CNET, Apple said it takes user security very seriously and will deliver a fix soon. "We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update," the statement said. The company, however, did not offer any interim guidelines to protect the devices until the official software update comes.
The hack was published on YouTube and the user by the name videosdebarraquito explains the methods on the video that helps anyone bypass the iPhone's lock screen, access data, check voicemail, view or modify contacts and look through photos and more. "The method involves making (and immediately cancelling) an emergency call and holding down the power button twice. We followed the steps and managed to access the phone app on two UK iPhone 5s running iOS 6.1," The Verge reported.
This is not the first time Apple is confronting such an issue. A similar bug was noted with iOS 4.1 which was then fixed by the iOS 4.2 update.
Apple's iOS 6.1 software update was welcomed with a series of bugs including 3G performance issues and Exchange Server bug. Owners of iPhone 4S who upgraded to iOS 6.1 were unable to receive or make calls, send or get texts or connect to the Internet after the upgrade. Apple addressed the performance issues with the release of a supplemental update (iOS 6.1.1) for iPhone 4S but the same issues noted in iPhone 5 remains unsolved.
With regards to the Exchange Server bug, the software update has been causing iOS devices to continuously loop when synchronizing a recurring calendar meeting invitation on Microsoft Exchange. Acknowledging the bug, Apple said it has identified a fix and will make it available in an upcoming software update.
Check out the iOS 6.1 trick for bypassing iPhone lock screen in the video below.
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