Only six days after a serious flaw was discovered in its latest operating system, Apple Inc. has released an updated version - iOS 7.0.2 – that will stop people from being able to bypass a device’s lock screen and access its contents and users need to download the software from their device’s settings menu.
The security issue allowed access to a variety of things including a user’s contact lists, call history, and voicemail without a password.
However, less than a week after the flaw made global headlines, Apple has rolled out an update (the company’s average time for fixing these things is two weeks) which varies in size from 17MB to 20MB depending on whether the device is an iPhone 4, 4S or 5.
According to the latest reports, 60 percent of Apple device owners have already upgraded to the new version of the operating system and as a result, when the update went live on Thursday night, download times were pretty lengthy (up to three hours) as literally 100s of millions of users logged on to Apple’s servers to update their phones.
While not discussed in the update notes, iOS 7 also fixes a previously disclosed “USB charger” bug that surfaced in August that allowed hackers complete access to devices via a modded charger. Apple spokesman Tom Numayr confirmed last month that iOS 7 would give users the choice whether or not they want to trust the computer their device has been connected to.