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

Updated 10 years ago
Published Feb 19th, 2013 1:14PM EST
iOS 6.1.2 Released

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.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.