Apple should be rolling out an update for its iOS 6 operating system at some point this week in order to patch a security hole in the platform that rendered the passcode system completely avoidable.
This is according to a report from iFix, which claims that the iOS 6.1.2 update will be available to download for all compatible iPhones on the 20th of February.
The bug was discovered following the iOS 6.1 launch and Apple quickly acknowledged that it was a genuine issue, which could give people access to certain areas of any iPhone, without actually knowing the user’s passcode.
While there has not been an official announcement of the update’s arrival, it seems likely that Apple would want to get it out to users as promptly as possible, to avoid a major backlash.
Smartphone security is becoming increasingly important, because these portable devices give access to a wide variety of highly sensitive information, including email and social networking services.
If a phone falls into the wrong hands and it is not locked or protected in some way, a user could find their data compromised and potentially become the victims of damaging identity theft.