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iOS 5.0.1 to fix iPad Smart Cover bug too

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iOS 5.0.1 to fix iPad Smart Cover bug too
Yesterday, we told you about how Apple had not only admitted that there was in fact problems with battery life in iOS 5, but then seeded an update to developers that contained fixes for that issue. Now, we're finding out that the update also includes a security fix for the iPad 2. 

If you don't remember, there was a bug found in the iPad 2, which allowed someone to bypass a password protected lockscreen if the iPad was using a Smart Cover. The bug had fairly limited consequences as bypassing the lockscreen only gave access to any app left open on screen when the iPad had been locked. It appears now that the cryptic "security fixes" included in the beta update iOS 5.0.1 will fix this issue. 

While it's great that Apple is fixing the issue, it's disappointing that it hasn't openly admitted the problem as it did with the battery bugs. It makes sense, since there wasn't as much buzz around this issue, but still we were hoping for a more humble Apple that would admit problems and be open about what was happening to fix them.

source: 9 to 5 Mac

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posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:18 6

1. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Why would they talk about security issues. They don't want people to know about and exploit them.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:26 4

2. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

they want people to continue to think they somehow have infallible security issues... even though they are always the first hacked at national competions.. 12 seconds is the record.

But yea, if its not being made a big deal of, why announce it and create undue rumors and panic.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:33 5

3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

People could exploit it, but you get the word out so people can protect themselves. Especially in a case like this where all you have to do is make sure you go back to the homescreen before locking your iPad.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 02:17

7. AngusNG12345 (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

you're right, but I found out that you can actually delete downloaded apps on the homescreens.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:34

12. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Huh? What did that have to do with what Michael said?

The work-around is to go back to the homescreen, and then lock your device. This circumvents the security issue with the smart cover that allowed access to "open" apps.

In this scenario, you are not LEAVING the device stuck on the homescreen for an intruder to delete apps, you lock it.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:20 2

4. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

Humble? Apple, the company that thinks everything they do is so amazing and perfect??? Yeah right!

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 00:46 3

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

That was Steve Jobs, not Apple. There's every reason to believe the company will be more humble without his voice.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 23:40

5. denney (Posts: 98; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

What is it with people worrying about the security of their devices. What kind of idiot stores PII on their phone or tablet?

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 08:26 3

9. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

I think this is a joke, but let me try an alternative...

"Why is everyone so worried about security on their mobile devices? It's not like you store addresses and phone numbers to everyone you know. Oh wait...."

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 08:29 3

10. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

If it's not a joke....

How about facebook, twitter, email, address book access that can all be linked back to you?

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 02:19

8. Mobilephonereviews (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

The smart cover bug was bit annoying. I think this iOS 5.0.1 updation will end up with a positive result.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 11:56 2

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 2233; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Off topic a bit, but since the battery bug was mentioned: I was looking at a recent full breakdown of the the iP4S and was wondering if some of the battery drainage could be because of the power management of the two U-shaped antennas.
It was said that only one antenna would be used at a time and the iPhone would switch according to whichever was the appropriate to use. That got me wondering if maybe even when one antenna wasn't being used it was still drawing power, or if maybe the system used to make the determination has a glitch where it's constantly processing & switching antennas (possibly because of fluctuating signal strength & attenuation).

Just a pondering since some people have reported that changing the time zone settings didn't fix their battery drain.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:38 3

13. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Interesting thought.
I want to hear an answer from Apple about what CAUSED the battery issue (and headphone echo issue). Hoping they don't just release a patch that "magically" fixes the issue without giving the cause.

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