Apple releases iOS 6.1.3 beta with passcode bug fix in tow

Available for developers, the new beta is designed to resolve a flaw that allows someone to bypass the lock screen.

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Apple has released a new beta of iOS 6.1.3 for developers.

Dubbed iOS 6.1.3 beta 2, the update is supposed to fix a hole that can let someone gain access to your iPhone by sneaking past the lock screen. Through a small series of steps, including making an emergency call, a person could bypass the passcode in order to make phone calls, listen to voice mail, and check contact photos.

Apple acknowledged the bug last week. promised to squash it in a future iOS release . iOS 6.1.3 will fix that problem, the company said, according to 9to5Mac.

The new beta also offers some enhancements to the Maps app for Japan.

Apple has been on a roll lately with iOS updates to resolve various flaws.

The company released iOS 6.1.1 early last week , an update targeted only to the iPhone 4S to patch up an issue with cellular performance. On Tuesday, iOS 6.1.2 rolled out for all iOS devices with a fix for an Exchange calendar bug that caused the battery to drain.

iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 is available only for registered developers and supports the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.



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