Another day, another bug, another report. The newly released iOS operating system update fixes a lot of bugs but at the same time brings up new bugs. There is a bug in the iOS 6.1.3 update that can allow users to bypass the lock screen and access photos and contacts without the authority or authentication of the owner.

These days we have been hearing a lot about OS updates and the old bugs that these updates fix. The sad part is, even though these updates do fix a lot of bugs, there are times when the important bugs are still not worked upon completely and hence these bugs surface in the new update as well. In addition to this, the update also brings new bugs with it. A similar case has been seen in case of Apple, a company that has been releasing OS updates at a regular interval.


This bug found in iOS 6.1.3 allows user to bypass the lock pin to access some content on the device. This bug was discovered by YouTube poster ‘videosdebarraquito’ and according to him, you need to use a lot of tricks and quick taps in order to make this bug work. The bug has already been tested and verified by TNW. They were able to replicate the bug on an iPhone 4S which had Siri capability, but were not able to replicate it on an iPhone 5 as of now. It does indicate that there could be a high possibility that the bug could be device specific, meaning that it might be present only on the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Thanks to all this testing, it seems that this bug is linked to the Voice Dial system used before the arrival of Siri. Hence if you disable voice dialing on your device, then you might be able to avoid this issue completely. In order to do this, go to Settings -> General -> Passcode and disable voice dialing. It has also been said that this bug does not work if you have enabled Siri, even though there have been people who are attempting to make it happen.

The iOS 6.1.3 update was supposed to fix the lock screen bypass bugs that were reported by consumers. Even though Apple said that the problem has been fixed, we think that Apple might have left out some of the cases. The company has to come up with a concrete solution to this bug, ensuring that lock screen bypassing stops one and for all.