IOS 6.1 Bug Allows Anyone to Bypass Lockscreen to Access Contacts, Voicemail, Photos
February 14, 2013 10:03 AM
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"Jill, here's a lockpick. It might be handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you" -- Barry
It's been a turbulent couple of months for Apple, Inc. (
). While Apple fans still abound and
sales remains strong
, the iPhone 5 launch was marred with shocking bugs which included
, and battery life issues. And then there was the
, which was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook
personally apologized to fans
, telling them to use Google Inc.'s (GOOG) superior (or functional) products. There've been
shareholder lawsuits over Apple's profit hording
dramatic plunge in stock prices
after margins slid in Q4 2012.
Now there is a security flaw in iOS 6.1 that allows users to simply punch in a series of virtual and hard button presses to unlock an iPhone, bypassing the security passcode. The instructions are seen below in the YouTube video by VideosDeBarraquito:
A text version of the unlock is as follows:
-Go to emergency call, push down the power button and tap cancel.
-Dial 112 and tap green and inmediately (sic) red.
-Go to lock screen.
Ok...ready for second part:
-Go to passcode screen.
-Keep pushing down the power button ...1...2...3...seconds and before showing the slider "turn off"...tap the emergency call button and ...voilá!
-Then without releasing the power button press the home button and ready...
With Apple currently working on
fixing a Microsoft Exchange bug that it also introduced with iOS 6.1
, it's unknown if this exploit will be patched at the same time.
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RE: "It's been a turbulent couple of months for Apple" - True
2/15/2013 8:23:29 AM
"As far as I can say your position is that if Apple stop coming out with great products, if they stop improving those products in ways that matter to end users"
I think your "rosed over" glasses cloud what you think. What I am saying is they havent been "innovating" lately and if the next iPhone comes out with just a faster CPU and few other minor improvements, but the same 4 inch non-HD screen like the last several iPhones they will start to be passed over by high end phone buyers. Todays Androids are just way better. In other words, Apple needs to do something interesting and different with the iPhone that they havent done since 2007. In other other words, the world, the reviewers and their mothers are all catching on that the iPhone is no longer the best phone around, it isnt even close to the top of the list.
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