Apple Fixes iPhone Lock Screen Bug With iOS 6.1.3 Release
March 20, 2013

Apple Fixes iPhone Lock Screen Bug With iOS 6.1.3 Release

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

It was discovered last month that an iPhone´s lock screen could be bypassed with a complicated series of button pushing and key taps. Apple yesterday rolled out iOS 6.1.3, an update which is meant to fix the previously discovered lock screen bug.The iOS 6.1.3 release also delivers some more improvements to Apple´s Maps in Japan.

The update is available for iPhones 3GS, 4, 4S and 5 as well as all iPads after the iPad 2. The update is also available to all iPod Touch models following the fourth generation iPod Touch.

Though it wasn´t the first time such a bug had been found in versions of iOS, the previous version contained a bug which could have potentially given thieves full access to the Phone app.

While seemingly innocuous, the Phone app does act as a wide gateway to the rest of the device. For instance, a potential thief could use the Phone app to gain access to contacts, voicemail and even photographs. Luckily, executing this bug was no easy task. The entire process has been shown off in videos and requires the would-be thief or curious iPhone owner to navigate through the Emergency Call feature from the lock screen before proceeding to place a fake call and juggle the device for a bit as they push the home and power buttons for very specific amounts of time.

Were a thief to have this sequence nailed, they could have access to a stranger´s contacts and pictures within 60 seconds or so.

This bug was discovered near Valentine´s Day, and Apple said they would be shipping out an update to fix this issue. More than one month later, iOS 6.1.3 has arrived.

A similar vulnerability was also found in some Samsung Galaxy Note II devices shortly after the iPhone incident. This vulnerability required nine full steps and was even more difficult to pull off than Apple´s lock screen bug. The Samsung bug also only allowed access to widgets on the home screen, and even then only for a brief moment.

Apple also released an update for its Apple TV yesterday. This new update (5.2.1) includes more bug fixes and a newly redesigned Hulu app. The Hulu streaming app looks more like Apple´s own TV or Movie app with categories lining the top, three large rotating images for popular shows, and rows of recently watched shows and popular shows.

“Right away, you´ll notice we´ve added content categories across the top navigation bar to make it easy to for you to jump to your chosen section — whether it is TV, Kids, Latino, Search, or something else,” explains Dave Herman, Hulu´s senior product manager in a blog post.

“Inside each category, you´ll discover what´s new in our content library so it´s easy to discover new shows and keep up with the shows you already love. You can also jump into your favorite shows right away with the “Shows You Watch” tray. We built this to make sure you never miss a new episode or lose your place in a series,” said Herman.

Users will also be able to toggle audio settings and subtitles by holding down the select button on the Apple remote control or remote control app.