Apple Inc. iPhone iOS 6.1.3 procedure Fixes Lock-Screen Bug

Apple's Project Purple, development

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Apple take your rightful place in the history books.

Development of the Apple series.

The Newton platform was a PDA developed by Apple. Development of the Newton platform started in 1987 and officially ended on February 27, 1998. Some electronic engineering and the manufacture of Apple’s Newton devices was done by Motorola. Most Newton devices were based on the ARM 610 RISC processor and all featured handwriting recognition software. Most Newton devices were developed and marketed by Apple (this includes the whole MessagePad line and the eMate 300), but other companies namely Motorola, Sharp, and Digital Ocean, also released devices that ran the Newton OS. PDAs are largely considered obsolete with the widespread adoption of smartphones. Technology has certainly come a long way since Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive made the first handheld on 3 April 1973.

Ironically almost exactly thirty years later in April 2003, at the “All Things Digital” executive conference, Jobs expressed his belief that tablet PCs and traditional PDAs were not good choices as high-demand markets for Apple to enter, despite many efforts made to convince him, that Apple create another PDA. He did believe that cell phones were going to become important devices for portable information access, and that what cell phones needed to have was excellent synchronization software. At the time, instead of focusing on a follow-up to their Newton PDA, Jobs had Apple put its energies into the iPod, and the iTunes software (which can be used to synchronize content with iPod devices), released January 2001. Subsequently it is widely known that iTunes was accused of musicians loss of some income, as it gave the ability to download music for free, which of course meant that musicians weren’t being paid for their music. I personally believe that a lot of the older incredibly successful musicians are now on tour to make up some of those losses, you can’t beat bums on seats. Anyway, back to the iPhone.

On September 7, 2005, Apple and Motorola released the ROKR E1, the first mobile phone to use iTunes. Jobs was unhappy with the ROKR, feeling that having to compromise with a non-Apple designer (Motorola) prevented Apple from designing the phone they wanted to make. In September 2006, Apple discontinued support for the ROKR and released a version of iTunes that included references to an as-yet unknown mobile phone that could display pictures and video.

On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at the Macworld convention, receiving substantial media attention, and that it would be released later that year. On June 29, 2007 the first iPhone was released.

It was announced a little earlier on June 11, 2007 at the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference that the iPhone would support third-party applications using the Safari engine on the device. Third-parties would create the Web 2.0 applications and users would access them via the internet. Such applications appeared even before the release of the iPhone; the first being “OneTrip”, a program meant to keep track of the user’s shopping list, no doubt hoping to increase the budget conscience demographic towards parents. On June 29, 2007, Apple released version 7.3 of iTunes to coincide with the release of the iPhone. This release contains support for iPhone service activation and syncing.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone is manufactured on contract in the Shenzhen factory of the Taiwanese company Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn).

Project Purple 1

One of the patents with the description of the phone's designOne of the patents with the description of the phone’s design

Everything changed in 2000 when the phones were the latest chic and it was obvious that the things could only get better. Unfortunately Apple could not get the foothold into this niche and decided to start from portable мр3 players. iPod popularity in 2002 was next to zero, the brand has been just introduced and Apple had no clue what would happen next. By 2004 Apple became the indisputable US leader in the segment of portable music players and the appeal of iPod was gaining momentum. Since 2002 Steve Jobs started playing with the idea to break into the phones market, which he viewed as the threat to the music players, which would account for 16% of the company’s business two years later. The engineers considered the options to create such devices, but they had no experience and understanding of this market segment. That is why Apple began appealing to other manufacturers. It cooperated with Motorola and at the same time tried to come up with its own mobile phone model. Codenamed Purple 1 this project did not even get to the stage of engineering prototypes. The main contribution to Purple 1 concept was made by Steve Jobs himself. In 2004 it was obvious for him that the company’s innovation had to offer something original to stand out from the other solutions. The ideas were associated with an all conquering iPod. If iPod is popular we just have to add phone functions to it.

Taking iPod as the starting point Steve Jobs decided to get rid of the keypad and used ClickWheel for dialing and text input. The circle with digits had to appear on the screen where you had to choose an item on the sensor panel and could dial the number quickly and without errors. Cool, but too unusual. To send SMS was offered a words recognition system. It could have made life easier, but the absence of the keypad made this concept a bit weird.

Apple never publicly discussed the creation of Purple 1 and all information was taken from the patents, which became available several years afterwards. In the summer of 2006 Apple submitted a number of patents and we quote three of them. Interestingly, among the inventors of them all was mentioned Steve Jobs. Traditionally he is not credited in the patents as the products are created by the company’s engineers and not the CEO himself. It openly points out at the contribution of Steve Jobs to the development of the products. The discrepancy between the dates of patent submission and the development of devices is an ordinary thing. We can usually speak about 1 or 2 years.

ID: 20070152979
Inventors: Jobs; Steven P.; Forstall; Scott; Christie; Greg; Ording; Bas; Chaudhri; Imran; Lemay; Stephen O.; Van Os; Marcel; Anzures; Freddy Allen
Filed: July 24, 2006

ID: 20070155369
Title: Replay Recommendations in a Text Entry Interface
Inventors: Jobs; Steven P.; Forstall; Scott; Christie; Greg; Ording; Bas; Chaudhri; Imran; Lemay; Stephen O.; Van Os; Marcel; Anzures; Freddy Allen
Filed: July 24, 2006

ID: 20070155434
Title: Telephone Interface for a Portable Communication Device
Filed: July 24, 2006
Inventors: Jobs; Steven P.; Forstall; Scott; Christie; Greg; Ording; Bas; Chaudhri; Imran; Lemay; Stephen O.; Van Os; Marcel; Anzures; Freddy Allen; Matos; Mike;

Why this phone has not been released and all research was put on hold? The reasons are quite obvious. Charismatic Steve Jobs masterminded this project, but his ideas led to its cancellation as well. Though very original this model could not offer any breakthrough and would have raised the eyebrows of consumers. Some people could have even been frustrated. The company understood this when they started cooperation with Motorola and ways of irritation battered Apple. The project betrayed the expectations of Steve Jobs and other people in the company.

Only two days after Apple released the new “iPhone iOS 6.1.3 a new lock screen but was discovered and allowed unauthorized users to bypass the four-digit PIN code on iPhones and iPads, essentially a new password bypass vulnerability.

The discovery could give an attacker access to private information. But the vulnerability is different from the passcode bug(s) addressed by Tuesday’s iOS update, but the end result is similar: hackers could access the iPhone’s contact list and photos.

The new lock screen bug was first documented by YouTube user videosdebarraquito, who bypassed it using nothing but a paperclip and posted a video demoing the fix procedure. The basic gist, seen in the video below, is to eject the iPhone’s SIM card while using the built-in voice controls to make a phone call. He makes a comment of ‘Sorry, iOS 6.1.3 has a new security flaw, but can be avoided easily. You should disable the “Voice Dial” option if you want to be safe’.

To bypass the iPhone passcode lock on iOS 6.1.3.

There are a couple important things to keep in mind. For one, it appears this bug applies to most modern iPhones, though apparently the procedure isn’t as easy as it looks. The YouTube video shows the hack being executed on an iPhone 4, and “iphone in canada” was able to replicate it on an iPhone 4. “The Next Web” was able to replicate it on an iPhone 4S but not an iPhone 5. But the iPhone 5 didn’t get away scot free, as German language site “iPhone” appears to have been able to replicate the bug on that version of the iPhone. We have not yet seen a confirmed case of the bug existing on the iPhone 3GS, though it’s probably safe to assume that it does.

The bug doesn’t look to be related to Siri—rather, it’s related to Apple’s older Voice Control feature. If you have Siri turned on for lock screen functionality (which can be found in Settings > General > Passcode lock), the above procedure doesn’t appear to work, so far, that is. From here, the phone application remains open, allowing access to recent call logs, contacts, and voicemail (if it isn’t protected by a separate PIN code). But also from here, photos and video can also be accessed by creating a new contact. When a new contact is created, it opens up access to the photos application — including Camera Roll and Photo Stream.

As soon as the screen turns off, the device locks again, but this can be bypassed with the SIM card tray removal trick.

Upon close examination of the screen recording we took, it appears that when Voice Control is used, it loads up the phone application in the background, which as it begins to call immediately it places this in ‘background’ mode. When the call begins, for a split-second the phone application displays as it transitions away, only to be replaced by the lock screen once the call is ended.

Removing the SIM card seems to ‘confuse’ the device, resulting in a pop-up display warning that the SIM card has been removed. This stalls the transition and keeps it in active play.

For now, disabling the feature on devices running iOS 6.1.3 appears to fix this bug.


Debra Wattes

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