Apple releases iOS 6.1.2 software update to patch security problems

Right on cue, Apple has launched a new update to iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. iOS 6.1.2 is a minor upgrade to fix several issues that arose in 6.1 and 6.1.1.

First and foremost is a problem that affected those using an Exchange calendar, which for some reason caused iOS devices to continue synchronising unnecessarily and far too often, resulting in poor battery life and higher data charges.

Unfortunately the rather serious lockscreen security glitch has not been fixed by the update. This issue arose last week, with users noticing that the iPhone lock screen could be bypassed by calling and immediately hanging up the emergency call button, and then double tapping the power button. This allows anybody with the knowledge to gain access to contacts, pictures and call records of an iPhone running iOS 6.1 or 6.1.1, and so it’s odd that Apple hasn’t fixed it.

Other minor problems have been smoothed out through the OS, but it seems that the primary target was the Exchange calendar bug.

Weighing in at 107Mb, the update is over twice the size of the last update, and so will most definitely require you to connect to Wi-Fi before getting started. As always, follow these steps to find and install the update;

Open Settings > Tap General > Tap Software update