How to bypass an iPad 2's lock screen

How to bypass an iPad 2's lock screen

Summary: As it turns out, anyone can bypass the passcode on your iPad 2 running iOS 5, using nothing but a Smart Cover. We show you how to do it, and how to protect yourself on this week's Nerdcam.

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TOPICS: Apple, Security
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As it turns out, anyone can bypass the passcode on your iPad 2 running iOS 5, using nothing but a Smart Cover. We show you how to do it, and how to protect yourself on this week's Nerdcam.

What you'll need:

  • 1x iPad 2 running iOS 5, passcode protected
  • 1x Smart Cover

This exploit, aired by 9to5Mac, is pretty simple. All you do is lock the passcode-protected iPad 2 and hold down the on/off switch until the "Slide to Power Off" slider appears.

From there, attach the Smart Cover to the device while it's on the power-off screen. Cover the screen completely, then open it back up, hit the "Cancel" button and the device brings up the home screen for you to browse.

This exploit isn't perfect, however.

You won't be able to open any of the apps or browse any of the files stored on the device. Cold comfort for users, though, seeing as the device search screen still works. Slide all the way to the left and you'll get an active keyboard that will let you search through contacts, appointments, notes and email summary text. You still won't be able to open the search results, but you can certainly get information that the user doesn't want you to have.

How can you protect yourself? That's simple.

The iPad works in tandem with the Smart Cover to lock and unlock the device when it's covered and uncovered, respectively. Below the passcode options in the General tab of the iPad's settings is a switch to turn off Cover Lock, thus protecting you from anyone with a spare Smart Cover and a mind to pinch your particulars.

Watch the video to see how it's done.

Topics: Apple, Security

Luke Hopewell

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  • Yes, this might be true. But until you enter the Passcode - You CAN'T open any Apps
    Wireless_Woody
  • How is this even a problem? This piece of functionality is exactly as Apple designed it? What the heck is your problem?
    b20