Apple releases iOS 7.0.1 to patch fingerprint scanner bug

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Apple today releases iOS update 7.0.1, a bugfix aimed specifically at the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets.

iOS 7.0.1 was released alongside iOS 7.0 on Wednesday, but did not affect users until Friday, when the new handsets were made available to the public.

Officially, Apple has said that the minor update simply includes “bug fixes and improvements.” It’s unknown how iOS 7.0.1 affects the iPhone 5c, which lacks the Touch ID sensor embedded in the home button.

One major security flaw that the update does not address is the newly discovered lock screen bypass flaw that allows anyone with physical access to the handset to use a series of gestures to circumvent the passcode and gain access to data stored on the handset.

Apple is currently working on a fix for this and an update will be released in due course.

The 7.0.1 update is available both as a small (17MB) over-the-air update, or a huge (1.3GB) update via a PC or Mac running iTunes 11.1.

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