The Smart Cover might not be so smart after all, and Steve Jobs might be rolling in his grave should he hear of a security flaw with his beloved iPad 2 – it seems that all it takes to unlock the iPad 2 without having to know the passcode would be a Smart Cover. Apparently, this case that sports magnets is capable of accessing a bunch of the tablet’s subsystems sans passcode which you can see for yourself after the jump.
Credit to 9to5Mac for discovering the flaw which was being discussed on a German Apple fan forum, allowing the last application used before the device was locked to be accessed, but not nearly enough to reach the main home screen. I guess for your own peace of mind, ditch the Smart Cover, or make it a habit to run an inane piece of software or app such as Angry Birds before you close your iPad 2 with the Smart Cover.
To check out this exploit, hold down the power button on the iPad 2 until the ‘Turn Off’ slider appears, put on the Smart Cover, remove the Smart Cover, followed by hitting the ‘Cancel’ button that’s makes an appearance. Could this be the new Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Left, Right, Right, A, B, A, B, Select and Start?
|Key Specs||Apple iPad 2|
|Processor/Soc Name||A5, GHz|
|Max. Total Storage Capacity||64 GB|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||6930 mAh|
|Complete product data||Apple iPad 2 Full specs|