Apple releases iOS 7.0.1 to patch fingerprint scanner bug

Summary:iPhone 5s users can now use the built-in fingerprint scanner to authenticate iTunes purchases as opposed to entering a password. But a more serious lock screen bug present in iOS 7 remains unpatched.

New iPhones aren't the only thing to come out of Apple today as the company also releases iOS update 7.0.1, a bugfix aimed specifically at the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets.

According to Apple the update contains generic "bug fixes and improvements" for the newly released iOS 7 mobile operating system. But according to users who have downloaded and installed it onto the new hardware the update patches a minor bug that prevented users from using the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s to authenticate iTunes purchases, forcing them instead to go back to tapping in a passcode.

Given that the iPhone 5c doesn't come equipped with a fingerprint sensor, it is safe to assume that the update also contains other small updates and bugfixes specific to both handsets.

One major security flaw that the update does not address is the newly discovered lock screen bypass flaw that allows anyone with physical access to the handset to use a series of gestures to circumvent the passcode and gain access to data stored on the handset.

Apple is currently working on a fix for this and an update will be released in due course.

The 7.0.1 update is available both as a small (17MB) over-the-air update, or a huge (1.3GB) update via a PC or Mac running iTunes 11.1. 

Topics: Security, Apple, iPhone, Mobility

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