iOS 6.1.2 Released

Apple releases iOS 6.1.2 to patch battery-draining Exchange bug [updated]

By on February 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM.

Apple releases iOS 6.1.2 to patch battery-draining Exchange bug [updated]

As we expected to happen this week, Apple (AAPL) has released iOS 6.1.2 to patch a bug related to the Microsoft (MSFT) Exchange Calendar that drains battery life and, in all likelihood, a major security hole in iOS 6.1 that makes it incredibly easy to bypass the iPhone’s unlock screen pass code. Although Apple makes no mention of specifically patching the unlock screen security hole, MacRumors notes that “sources had indicated that it also addresses” the issue in addition to addressing the Exchange bug, so it’s likely that Apple has taken care of both issues in its latest release.

UPDATE: Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham has installed iOS 6.1.2 and has found that the new update does not fix the unlock screen security hole, which is pretty surprising given that it is potentially more serious than a battery-draining bug.

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iOS 6.1.2 Release Date

Apple to release iOS 6.1.2 ‘early next week’ to patch major security hole

By on February 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

Apple to release iOS 6.1.2 ‘early next week’ to patch major security hole

Apple (AAPL) fans worried about someone breaking into their iPhones may only have to sweat it out for a few more days. Unnamed sources have told German iPhone fan site iFun that Apple will “likely” release a major security patch for iOS 6.1 sometime next week. As 9to5Mac notes, these same sources had previously told iFun the correct release date of iOS 6.1.1, so the website has accurately reported information on iOS updates in the past. A user on Wednesday uncovered a major security hole in iOS 6.1 that makes it incredibly easy to bypass the iPhone’s unlock screen pass code. Apple acknowledged the problem and said it was working to patch the vulnerability as quickly as it could.

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