Security flaws in iOS are not exactly a new thing, especially those that allow access on the passcode lockscreen to resources behind the supposedly locked screen. That’s why when a bug surfaced that allowed a user to bypass the passcode and access the phone app, it wasn’t really surprising. To address this, Apple have issued iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 to fix the security flaw.

Interestingly, it seems iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 is actually an update to the recently released iOS 6.1.1 Beta 1 firmware that was seeded to developers for various bug fixes with Maps. It is also likely that the new iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 will fix the Evasi0n exploit used for jailbreaking which has, up until now, been unpatched, although this remains unconfirmed. Until such time it is deemed safe to upgrade, please stay away from iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 if you value your Jailbreak.

The entire changelog for iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 can be found below…

iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 includes a security fix for a Lock screen bug and the following improvements to Maps for Japan:

  • Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
  • Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
  • Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
  • Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
  • Updated freeway color to green
  • Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower

You can download iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 here if of course you have an Apple developer account. Remember, stay away from this update if you have or would like to Jailbreak your device in future.

Let us know in the comments section below if there are any additional features or changes you find in iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 that have been missed out above.

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