Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS 6 has so far underwhelmed most with its additions. That of course is unless you enjoy bypassing the lock screen of other people’s phones to make calls, access contact photos, and check strangers’ voice mails, as well as obtaining other sensitive information. If that is your cup of tea, you will certainly not revel in the latest update that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has made available to iOS 6 today.

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With today’s update, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has shut down the loophole that allowed people to follow a specific order of operations to access the aforementioned information despite the “lock” on your phone. This is certainly the most significant side of the update assuming you are not an avid user of Apple Maps in Japan. In addition to fixing this glaring security feature, and give Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) credit as they worked quite quickly to fix this problem, users of Apple Maps in Japan are being treated to improved pronunciation in its audio directions, as well as more toll road information.

Given the existing security breach, you would be foolish not to download the latest update through the settings on your phone or through iTunes. That is assuming you are not using a “jail broken” phone with the existing Evasion patch. The latest update fixes the bug that allowed the Evasion jailbreak to access and bypass iOS 6. My guess is another jailbreak will find its way to you shortly but do not risk it if you require a jailbreak iPhone.

I may be in the minority when I call for a new jailbreak. Renowned iOS and Windows hacker Charlie Miller tweeted recently about his five-point belief that jail breaking is ending.

  • Not much demand for jailbreaking, because iOS does pretty much what everyone wants it to.
  • Bug fixes are making it harder.
  • Fewer bugs left to exploit.
  • Prominent jailbreakers are exiting the jailbreaking scene.
  • iOS exploits are worth money … lots of money.

His belief is that people will stop doing this for free, all while risking prosecution. My guess is that there will always be someone out there that simply wants to show how clever they are by exploiting bugs, and to show that jailbreaking is here to stay. Either way, you need to avoid today’s update if you have a jailbroken phone. For everyone else, download it today from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).