Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 which resolves the Passcode security flaw introduced by iOS 6.1. Unfortunately, it also introduces a new lock-screen hack.
Apple have released iOS 6.1.3 , which is the third update to the iOS 6.1 platform since the platform landed at the end of January. It's fair to say that iOS 6.1 hasn't been Apple's proudest moment with the operating system introducing numerous bugs, including a worrying Passcode security flaw.
Apple first released iOS 6.1.1 which resolved a problem affecting 3G connectivity on the iPhone 4S. This was then followed by iOS 6.1.2 which stopped the operating system unnecessarily draining battery-life. However, until now the lock-screen hack had been left unresolved !
Apple iOS 6.1.3 - The Good News
The good news is that the new update fixes the security flaw which enabled access to Apple's devices without having to enter a users' Password code. Apple has assured users that the flaw, which utilised the emergency calling feature , has now been resolved.
Users in Japan will also be pleased to hear that the update improves the maps for their region. Although inherently Apple Maps is still deeply floored with Apple themselves advising users to download third-party software , instead of using their own navigation software.
The Bad News - New Lock-Screen Security Flaw
The release of iOS 6.1.3 must have brought comfort to Apple owners, but the reality is that one problem has been replaced by another. A new exploit has been found which once again opens up Apple devices to unauthorised access.
To be fair the procedure isn't that easy to implement and involves physically removing the SIM-card with a paper-clip or removal tool. Furthermore, you need to have voice-dialling to be vulnerable , which can easily be disabled in System Settings (inside the Password Lock screen).
Those interested in testing the procedure on their iPhone can checkout the video below to learn how to do it.
Apple iOS 6.1.4 - What Needs To Be Included ?
Firstly, it goes without saying that Apple need to resolve this latest lock-screen hack. It's worrying for users and puts doubt in their minds about Apple's OS. We're sure that over the next couple of weeks more issues will be identified and we'll be sure to keep you updated !
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By Simon Thomas on 21st March, 2013