iOS 5.0.1 to fix iPad Smart Cover bug too

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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iPad 2
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 6944 mAh

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13 Comments

1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

7. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

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

12. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

4. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

5. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

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

9. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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...."

10. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

If it's not a joke.... How about facebook, twitter, email, address book access that can all be linked back to you?

8. Mobilephonereviews

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

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

11. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

13. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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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