Apple Releases iOS 7.0.2, Fixes Lock Screen Bypass

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Apple released iOS 7.0.2 on Thursday, a maintenance release that fixes an important issue that allowed someone to bypass the Lock screen on iOS devices and access some aspects of your device. The problem was first reported over the weekend, making this a quick fix for the company.

Apple's patch notes:

  • Fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode
  • Reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry

iOS 7.0.2 Update Screen

iOS 7.0.2 Update Screen

The Lock screen bypass involved a specific series of steps using Control Center in iOS 7 to access an iOS device's Camera, Mail, Messages, Facebook, Flckr, Twitter, and iCloud, even though the device was still locked.

At the time, we recommended people disable Control Center access in the Lock screen. With this fix, it's probably safe to turn that back on. At the very least, I'm going to do so.

You can find iOS 7.0.2 in iTunes or as over-the-air update on your iOS device.

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Bryan Chaffin

I tested on an iPhone 5s and was unable to use that method to bypass the Lock screen. Yay!

Carsten Legaard

This is a clear signal it will be another two or three weeks before we will have 7.0.3 making our ipad 3 batteries work again.
I don’t have the temper: iPad3 for sale. Very cheap! About the same value as a brick ...


Same problem here, fast battery drain for no reason.  Let us know when they make a fix for that.

Lee Dronick

For the first few days after installing IOS 7 I noticed faster than usual battery drain. However, it seems to have settled down to “normal.” Imust installed the update, we will see how that goes.


I haven’t noticed any difference in the battery time-of-use at all.

Lee Dronick

Jack I am thinking that maybe I was just using my iPad more than usual while learning iOS 7.


”..maybe I was just using my iPad more than usual while learning iOS 7.”

I hear that. My mini probably has less than 25 hours on it, and I had not yet mastered iOS 6, so catching up with all the meat & potatoes in 7 takes some effort.

Quite frankly, if it weren’t for TMO articles and tips, I’d probably still be trying to figure out the basics.

Note to Bryan: Holding the power button and the home button together does not force a restart, but a condition where a wipe and reinstall is the only option.

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