Apple iOS 12.1 lockscreen bypass lets anyone access contacts, start call on iPhone


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Apple iOS 12.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch was released earlier this week. Now, security researchers have discovered a lockscreen bypass that lets anyone access all contact information, activate FaceTime call on an iPhone running iOS 12.1. A video was posted on YouTube, showcasing how people can bypass the lockscreen to launch a FaceTime call as well as access contact information such as their numbers, designation, email ids and more. The bug also allows the researcher to access the group FaceTime feature that was rolled out recently.

Apple iOS 12.1 lockscreen bypass essentially let the reasearcher access an iPhone, which was locked with passcode and ask Siri to make a phone call. By changing the call to FaceTime call, one can apprently access all contacts. The reasearcher was also able to look at information of individual contacts using 3D Touch and even start a new phone call.

Apple iOS 12.1 also brings with it the controversial processor performance management feature to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, apart from bug fixes to all eligible devices globally. Apple’s latest software update also includes Group FaceTime, depth control in real-time preview, and dual-SIM capability via eSIM for the iPhone XS, iPhone XR.

Ahead of iOS 12.1 release, Apple told The Verge that the software update will also fix a bug in Smart HDR front camera system on iPhone XS and XR that made the photos look smoother. In a statement, Apple also explained what the issue is and why is the camera producing smoother-looking photos. The skin smoothing issue on iPhone XS and XR, dubbed as Beautygate, was pointed out by Lewis Hilsenteger of YouTube program Unboxing Therapy.

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