Apple has released the iOS 6.1.3 update to users today, currently available over-the-air via the Software Update function in the Settings menu.
The update is to fix a security flaw in the Lock Screen of iOS devices, which made it possible to circumvent security to access the Phone app and potentially the private information held within.
Spotted over a month ago, those in the know could gain access to the photo library, contacts, emails messages and were able to make FaceTime calls using the security glitch. Access to iOS devices could be achieved through a process involving the power button and aborting an emergency call.
Arriving just over Apple actually acknowledged the security flaw, iOS 6.1.3 isn’t exactly the timeliest of updates, but the bug wasn’t seen to be affecting a huge amount of users.
When Apple was alerted to the glitch, an Apple spokesperson said: “Apple takes user security very seriously. We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update.”
The iOS 6.1.3 update also brings additional improvements and other bug fixes, including improvements to the problematic Apple Maps in Japan. Apple already started addressing Japanese map issues last week, adding toll road notifications, improved direction pronunciation and more involved 3D renderings for Japanese landmarks in flyover mode.
The original iOS 6.1 update was made available on January 28 for all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users running the latest iOS 6, and providing a number of new Siri, iTunes Match and PassBook features.
Have you managed to circumvent the Lock Screen of your iOS device? Do you think Apple has been slow to respond to this security flaw?