iOS Passcode Bug Fix Apparently Coming Next Week

A report surfaced Friday morning claiming Apple plans to release iOS 6.1.2 early next week with a fix for the passcode bug that gives access to a locked iPhone through a series of taps and swipes. The update will apparently also include a promised fix for a Microsoft Exchange-related issue that's causing fast battery drain.

Rumor says iOS 6.1.2 coming February 20News of the iOS 6.1.2 release schedule comes courtesy of the German site iFun claiming its sources pinned the release date to some time around February 20.

Apple has already acknowledged the security flaw and promised a fix as part of a software update, but hasn't officially said when that would happen. The company has done the same with the Exchange-related bug, too.

The security bug uses a series of taps, swipes, and button presses to bypass the lock screen access code giving access to contacts, photos, and more. The Exchange-related bug is less innocuous yet still annoying because it can cause user's iOS device battery to drain quickly if they accept one-off changes to recurring events.

iOS 6.1 also caused a 3G connection problem for some iPhone 4S users that was addressed with the 6.1.1 update released a few days ago.

Apple hasn't offered a workaround for the security issue. The battery drain issue, however, can be avoided by disabling and then reenabling your Exchange account when you see your power level dropping quickly.

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