Yesterday we reported that a bug in iOS 6.1 firmware makes it possible to bypass passcode on iPhone. This bug poses serious security risks, one that many IPhone users can not afford. Naturally, Apple is hard at work and is reportedly going to release iOS 6.1.2 firmware next week to fix iPhone passcode exploit.
iOS 6.1 hasn’t been the smoothest of software releases for Apple. It is already riddled with bugs such as the infamous Microsoft Exchange bug, which is causing a lot of problems for enterprise users, apart from slowing down Microsoft Exchange servers. Recently iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S was released which fixes the connectivity issues iPhone 4S users were experiencing after updating to iOS 6.1 firmware.
Apple has already commented to both of these bugs. It says that the company takes user security very seriously and fixes for both of these bugs, Microsoft Exchange and passcode exploit, will be rolled out in a future software update. According to a source, this update is going to be iOS 6.1.2 which is going to release before February 21.
It remains to be seen whether or not iOS 6.1.2 update will patch the exploits used by evasi0n untethered jailbreak. The recent iOS 6.1.1 update for iPhone 4S does not patch these exploits. There exists a possibility that iOS 6.1.2 might not as well, given how Apple will definitely be rushing to get this imperative security fix out to users. It might bother with jailbreak exploits till it has eliminated all of the bugs that are plaguing iOS users right now.
Apple firmware is usually known to be bug free once it comes out of beta stage. These two bugs are quite massive and shouldn’t be present in a public release version. It certainly doesn’t mean that the software guys at Apple are slacking, but something does seem to be amiss. This is surely not we’ve come to expect of Apple or its software, let alone a major update like iOS 6.1.