iOS 6.1 lets anyone access your iPhone

News Stacy Warden 09:06, Feb 14 2013

Apple iOS 6.1 security flaw lets anyone make calls, send messages and modify contacts

Apple's most recent version of its operating system, iOS 6.1, has already been the subject of complaints like battery problems and connectivity issues, but now it's in the spotlight for an unnerving new security flaw. YouTube user videosdebarraquito reveals that iOS 6.1 lets anyone bypass your iPhone's password lock to view recent calls, make calls, send messages and modify contacts. Essentially, it's a really great way to irritate your fellow iPhone-using friends. 

He shows how it works in the video below, which involves making and canceling an emergency call and then immediately holding down the power button twice. Check it out:

 

While it's maybe not the scariest security issue in the mobile world, it's still one that will require a fast fix. Just imagine the kind of phone bill you could end up with if your iPhone made its way into the wrong hands. 

As previously mentioned, iOS 6.1 has also experienced connections issues. On Monday, Vodafone advised iPhone users to hold off on the upgrade, stating the Apple's updated operating system was creating issues with 3G data, texts and calls. Vodafone noted the following:

“We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4s handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G. Some customers may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the Internet. Apple is working on a solution to their software issue. These connection problems are intermittent.”

Some users running iOS 6.1 have also complained about battery life on Apple's message boards, while others have actually seen a slight improvement with the jailbroken version. Apple has yet to patch up the many woes its users have pointed out, but we'll keep you posted as the fixes come in. In the meantime, let us know what you think of iOS 6.1. Have you had any battery or connection issues? 

[The Verge]

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