Apple releases iOS 6.1.2; fixes Exchange bug, lock screen bug still open

Apple releases iOS 6.1.2; fixes Exchange bug, lock screen bug still open

Summary: The technology giant has released a software update for iPhone and iPad users, following reports of an Exchange Server calendar related bug that would overload servers.


Apple today released iOS 6.1.2, the latest iteration of the mobile operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices, following widespread reports of errors caused by calendars connected to Exchange servers.

iOS 6.1.2 is out to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.

Both Apple and Microsoft began investigating reports that those running iOS 6.1 update caused overloading on corporate Exchange email servers. Some enterprises complained that their newly updated iPhone or iPad were "causing excessive logging" on the server. As soon as the iOS 6.1-powered device was switched off, the problem mysteriously went away. 

But the affects of the bug also caused the battery life on the iPhone or iPad to suffer significantly. 

Microsoft came up with a few ideas to prevent the overloading, such as switching off the calendar function altogether or simply banning all iOS 6.1 users from accessing the network. 

iOS 6.1.2 arrives on shiny rectangles of multiple sizes just over week after iOS 6.1.1 was released, which fixed cellular performance and reliability problems for iPhone 4S users. 

Some iPhone 4S users in Europe complained that the latest upgrade caused cellular and 3G networking to degrade. U.K. and European carriers sent out text messages to customers warning them not to update to the latest version of the mobile platform as it was causing their own networks to suffer.

But Apple then said it would fix yet another issue—this time a security bug that allows anyone to bypass the security lock screen on the device with a few steps.

After this update, we tried to bypass the lock screen using the same method as described last week and were unable to, suggesting that it had been fixed. However Ars Technica reports that they were able to bypass the lock screen even after the update, suggesting that it has yet to be fixed.

Topic: iOS

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  • The patch to patch the patch that patched that other patch

    Since this did nothing to fix the gaping security hole in ios (surprise surprise) we now begin the wait for the patch to patch the patch that patched the patch that patched that other patch.

    Feed the pet boys and girls, feed your iTamagotchi.
    • Much the same as Windows huh.

      • Sure is

        But we were promised that ios didn't require any hand holding, system maintenance, endless patching, etc.

        So by admitting that ios is "mucn the same as Windows" you just smashed through all of apple's marketing lies.

        Thanks for that BubbaJones.
        • "We were promised" Promised by whom?

          Time and time again you've made that same argument...the argument of the spoiled three year old..."but you promised"... except that you seldom, if ever, cite who actually did the promising. Was it a promise by someone authoritative? or was it by some sad person commenting on ZDNet? Perhaps there's a difference. Even to you?

          So...the real story is that iOS can be improved. That software occasionally needs a patch or an update. News at 11 indeed.

          Last I read here on ZDNet, Apple had industry high customer satisfaction ratings. That is actual data supporting the argument that the reality is that there isn't a lot of hand holding or system maintenance. Which suggests that the liar here isn't Apple...but Toddy!
          • Are you upset with the claim that ios is much like Windows?

            Then your beef is with BubbaJones.
          • No...I'm upset with your'd think I'd be used to that

            But...I guess I still can't resist the urge to point out the more egregious bits of the nonsense and spin I see you toss up on the fair shores of ZDNet-land.

            Still...the idea that iOS and Windows are alike other than the fact that they're both operating systems did get me to smile. Thanks for that!
          • Don't thank me

            "Still...the idea that iOS and Windows are alike other than the fact that they're both operating systems did get me to smile. Thanks for that!"

            I can't take credit for that. It was BubbaJones who came up with that one. Kind of puts your whole rant against me in perspective and makes us wonder if you have some agenda.

          • Alike as in not all holes get patched immediately

            Not alike in how the update process works or the number of holes etc.

            But you are without subtlety or understanding of detail - so you believe you have won - good for you!
          • Rats

            I thought your ass been tossed from ZDnet
          • I'll let you off the hook

            I actually wasn't the first one to equate having to patch a tablet with having a tamagotchi.

            That person knows who he is. Hopefully he reads everything you wrote and thinks about it.
          • but toddy

            That Japanese company was very popular at the time. Then came Windows.

            Which sort of proves people do have need for an Tamagotchi.

            Some of us do grow up and discover other kinds of toys. :)

            PS: at least you seem to have some kind of memory.
          • I wonder if there is a tamagotchi app?

            I wonder if there is a tamagotchi app? yes. yes there is...

          • Oh Toddy!

            The blogs have been good, albeit boring without you. I presume you've been on extended holiday funded by that big Microsoft check you received for pumping the (now dismissed) Surface!

            I must admit that your twisted logic does make these sites more enjoyable but still worry that the uninformed may believe you.

            Now, back to the question; please state your sources for your statement:

            "But we were promised that ios didn't require any hand holding, system maintenance, endless patching, etc."

            Enquiring minds need to know!
        • We were promised what?

          iOS doesn't need to be patched constantly with heaps of individual updates like windows. Neither does OS X.

          If you think that stating that the comment by BubbaJones_ meant that they are the same to maintain for the user you are plain ignorant.

          Yeah operating systems need updates as security holes are found. This results in updates becoming available.

          iOS has an update that will fix the issue as reported.

          To get the next fix there will be another update. You won't need to install every patch to get the benefit.

          Seriously Windows updates are crazy stuff compared to Apple's update processes on OS X even. iOS is even simpler than OS X.

          But then you wouldn't have a clue about that and think the madness of windows is wonderful.

          You should get out more.
          • It doesn't JUST WORK

            in Windows, when an update breaks something, you can uninstall that particular update and resume previous state.
            in iOS, when an update breaks something (eg. Exchange Calander), you cannot do sh17 but ban the devices from the exchange server. You cannot go back to the previous version that worked. You are at the mercy of Apple and just have to pray that they come out with a fix real fast. And just hope that the fix doesn't break something else.
            But hey, let's not let facts get in the way of a good propaganda.
  • Sigh. Apple seriously needs to get their QA

    act together. If I wanted this kind of crap software, I would buy Microsoft products.
    • didn't you blame MS for this bug?

      And now that Apple has admitted to the problem by releasing an update, you can't blame MS for the problem but still want to have a dig at MS.
      the gall of some fanbois!
    • Yes needs improvement lately

      Yes Apple's QA has I think dropped.

      I also think we apply double standards. Mainly to stop toddbottom3 from saying stupid things when a bug is found.

      Apple has generally been much better with bugs than MS, but in earlier days I had a policy of not installing a major software update until the .1 update that followed. I no longer have that policy.

      If things get worse then I may go back to the policy - but for now I am still happy to go with the updates - so I don't think things are worse than before.

      Do you know how near impossible it is to pick up all bugs on a major software update before release? And how likely it is that those bugs will show up once tens of millions of users use the software!

      Simple numbers indicates that the release of the software is the only true QA and that you would need decades of testing to achieve the same before release.

      Not saying this bug shouldn't have been picked up - but do expect bugs from all vendors on major releases. That I don't hold against them.

      My problem with MS was never bugs on release - it is design and the update process which is seriously complex and flawed.

      Little things like how do you recover from a Windows that won't boot? Seriously difficult compared to a Mac that won't boot.
      • windows update is too hard??

        are you serious?
        it defaults to automatic and you actually have to do NOTHING but leave your computer connected. It doesn't get any simpler.
        when window won't boot, you can boot to previous working state.
        I'm in IT and I have never seen a windows update since windows 7 that has stopped windows from booting.....yet.
        Do you actually have windows experience or just throwing fanboi propaganda?
  • IOS Collapsing Under Its Own Complexity?

    I wonder what stone-age developer tools Apple is equipping its own engineers with, that they are making such a hash of things? Google can develop the much more sophisticated Android OS, and manage two major stable releases a year, while Apple struggles to bring one out without it falling over.

    Oh, wait, Android is Open Source, built on large numbers of Open Source pieces provided by other parties (the Linux kernel, GCC, OpenJDK, Apache Harmony, Bluez et al), while Apple must develop all the code from scratch itself. Maybe that has something to do with the relative quality of their OS development efforts...