Apple’s Smart Covers are pretty cool, attaching magnetically to the side of your iPad 2. You can lock your iPad’s screen simply by “closing” the cover. Lifting the cover then opens your iPad awaiting your secured Pin no.
Unfortunately members of the German forum ‘Apfeltalk’ have unveiled a huge security flaw in the way that the iPad responds to the Smart cover. To trigger the glitch, hold down the power button and wait for the iPad to confirm with the power off slider. When this happens, place the smart cover over the iPad. Next, take the cover off again, cancel the power down and you’re in. No PIN requirements, you simply have full access to the system.
Generally it seems to affect iPads running iOS 5, but it has been discovered that the issue is present on some that are still running iOS 4.3. Although the bug sounds like a security nightmare, it’s not as bad as initially it may seem. Anyone who triggers this glitch won’t be able to open anything; they’ll only be able to see what apps you’ve got installed and access any Apps that are left open. Albeit some pranksters will realise that they can delete and move around Apps.
Fortunately, Apple is already aware of the issue and working on a fix. For the time being the most obvious resolution is to make it so your iPad doesn’t automatically unlock when you open your Smart Cover; that way, even if someone uses this bypass trick, they’ll only be greeted with the passcode screen.
To change this setting, Open the Settings app, hit General, and change the setting for “iPad Cover Lock/Unlock” to “Off”.
Here’s a video of how it is done:
Apple have confirmed that the Official Launch of IOS 5 will be post 5pm tonight, with mounting numbers of Apple fans getting revved up in anticipation for what has been described as one of Apple’s most enhanced and feature-rich updates to the OS yet.
iOS 5 is sure to fascinate consumers as it comes with a number of cutting edge features – Apple claim it comes with as many as 200 new features! From the much-hyped iCloud, cloud-based media service to an advanced Safari browser. iOS 5 has a lot to stand up against.
News of the iOS 5 update wasn’t unexpected, given the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 4S on Friday the 14th October - already being reported to have sold 4 Million in less than 24 hours. Pre-loaded with the new iOS, it seems only logical to release mainstream prior to the new device being delivered although we look forward to testing the performance of iOS 5 on an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S…
Meanwhile accross the battlefield ‘that is the smartphone market’, Blackberry’s RIM service has been reported down for the third consecutive day. The problems, reported Monday; continued Tuesday with only intermittent access to email, BlackBerry Messenger, and the Web. At first the problems only affected subscribers mainly in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa but it seems Research In Motion’s equipment in its data centers appears to now be affecting North American subscribers as well.
The architecture behind the Blackberry service means that when there is a major infrastructure failure or disruption it can quite literally affect entire regions, leaving tens of millions of users without access. In contrast however the iPhone and Android devices have a completely different design with no single point of failure, it’s a truly tragic event for RIM.
We do have to question how many consumers will be driven to the new iOS and new iPhone 4S after these recent events.