The iOS 7 Beta is still in its testing stage and registered developers are checking all the features of the iOS for flaws. One user who has tried the new iOS 7 has already found a major security flaw. The flaw lets any user to bypass the lockscreen and access photos, contacts and other confidential data quite easily.
The new iOS 7 is being praised for its new Activation Lock security feature. Previously, thieves were able to steal and use the stolen devices by turning them off and wiping off everything from them. However, with the new Activation Lock feature onboard, thieves won’t be able to use the device unless they enter user’s iCloud username and password. The feature is being praised since the time Apple unveiled the new iOS 7.
The user who was able to find the security flaw has created a video to demonstrate the flaw. Here is how the flaw works. The user swiped up from the bottom to access the new Control Center. From here, he accessed the Calculator app which again brought up the Control Center. Then he accessed the Camera app through which all the photos, contacts, messages and mails could be easily accessed.
If anybody tries this hack, he can easily bypass the lock screen and view all the private data such as photos, contact and messages and delete them or upload on the web without even entering the passcode.
It is good that the flaw was found when the iOS 7 is still in its developmental phase. The iOS 7 final product will be out after four or five months from now. The iOS 7 may have more flaws at the moment. Developers will continue to test the new iOS until the release date comes near. So, it is possible that we may come to here more issues related to the new iOS
Previously, in the month of March, Apple had rolled the iOS 6.1.3 firmware upgrade which fixed a passcode unlock bug. However, just after the firmware upgrade were done by the users, new reports emerged that even the new iOS 6.1.3’s lockscreen is susceptible to unauthorized access by bypassing the passcode and which allowed access to all the files stored in the device.
With the new OS upgrade, Apple aims to compete well against with Android which comes with advanced security features. The Activation Lock security will make the stolen iDevice unusable. So, if you happen to lose your new iPhone with iOS 7 on it, you will not only be able to track the location of the phone using the Find My Phone feature but also you can make the device unusable if you feel that you won’t be able to get back your phone.
The new iOS 7 which is now in its first beta and developers are going to follow it up with 4 or 5 more betas. After that, final version of the iOS7 will be released for the public. The iOS 7 will be probably made available with the next gen iPhone and subsequently on iPad. Apple is going to fix the bug in the coming weeks by releasing a patch.