iOS Refresh Fixes iPad 2 Smart Cover Security Flaw

Apple has fixed a security flaw affecting the Smart Cover for the iPad 2, it has been reported.

9to5Mac reports that among the changes in iOS 5.0.1 is a fix for the bug in how iOS handles the Smart Cover that makes it possible to bypass the iPad's passcode screen.

It works by preventing the iPad 2 to go to sleep when the Smart Cover is closed while the iPad 2's power off menu is being displayed.

Apple updates iPad 2 Smart Cover line

iOS 5.0.1 has been issued to developers as a beta after Apple yesterday conceded that there is a problem in iOS 5 that affects battery life.

"A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told Macworld.

This story, "iOS Refresh Fixes iPad 2 Smart Cover Security Flaw" was originally published by Macworld U.K..

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  • The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold
    • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds

    Cons

    • Tediously slow to charge
    • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
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