Apple rolls out iOS 6.1.3, fixes lockscreen glitch


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released iOS 6.1.3 to users today, fixing a security issue with the lockscreen and improving access to Apple Maps in Japan.

iOS 6.1.3

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3.

The update, first released as a beta to developers last month, fixes a security vulnerability that allowed users to bypass the lockscreen and gain unauthorized access to a device.

The exploit, first discovered in February, previously allowed a user to make and cancel a call from the lockscreen and repeatedly hit the power button to load the Phone App. The Phone App grants a user access to call history, photos, messages, FaceTime and other information.

In February, Apple rolled out iOS 6.1.2 to fix an exchange server error and acknowledged that a fix for the security exploit was coming. "Apple takes user security very seriously," Apple said in a statement to CNET. "We are aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update."

Last week, The Loop reported that Apple Maps had made improvements to its maps of more than a dozen cities globally, including Baltimore, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Vancouver, Canada and Glasgow, Scotland. The iOS 6.1.3 update overhauls mapping information in Japan and now includes improved pronunciation for turn-by-turn directions as well as 3D images of buildings.

For more:
- see this 9to5Mac story
 - see this Apple update

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