We all love our iPads with those fancy Smart Covers, but what we don’t love is when someone breaks into it by bypassing the lock screen. 9to5Mac reports that, with just a few simple steps, anyone can get through a lockcode-enabled, Smart-Covered iPad 2.
If you have an iPad 2 with a Smart Cover, try this out for yourself to see if it works for you:
1. Lock a password-protected iPad 2.
2. Hold down the power button until the iPad 2 reaches the power-off slider.
3. Close Smart Cover.
4. Open Smart Cover.
5. Click cancel on the bottom of the screen.
After that, you should be at the home screen, where you can view and even delete any of your apps, but cannot open any of them. However, if you leave an app open and then lock your iPad, someone who does this trick will have complete access to that app.
This issue only affects iOS 5 users, but it’s said that it may also occur in earlier versions of iOS 4.3.
The only way to “fix” this as of now is to go to Settings, then General Settings and switch the “iPad Cover Lock/Unlock” button to Off. Hopefully the bug will gain Apple’s attention enough to release a minor update for the iPad iOS.