iOS 7 Beta Lock Screen Bug Reveals Photos

Earlier this week, shortly after announcing iOS 7, Apple released the iOS 7 beta for developers. And while Apple certainly has a long way to go before the software is final, there is one bug that it likely will set its sights on as a newly discovered lock screen bug threatens iOS 7 beta users privacy.

On Monday, Apple both announced and released iOS 7 though the overhauled software remains in beta form. What that means is that it’s far from the final version of iOS 7 that will roll out this fall. In fact, we’ve heard that we could see some drastic changes to the operating system before it rolls out to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners around the world. One change that Apple is certain to make is a fix for the new lock screen that has emerged with the new operating system.

Control Center is another area IOS 7 is optimized for landscape.

iOS 7 Beta has at least one bug that all users should be aware of.

Instead of the lock screen that iPhone and iPad owners became accustomed to, iOS 7 will be bringing a redesigned lock screen that offers a few new features. One of them is the ability to access the Control Center directly from the lock screen. And while the new features are useful, one iPhone owner has discovered a hazardous bug inside the beta that allows unwanted eyes to pry into a users photos without needing to input a passcode.

The bug allows users to use a few simple steps to access the photo library on a device running iOS 7. We have confirmed that the bug is present on the iPod touch fifth-generation and it’s also likely present on many, if not all other devices running iOS 7 beta.


Unlike some of the other issues that iOS 7 beta users have discovered, this one is big as it allows unwanted eyes to access photos. For many people, this isn’t a big deal but for others that value their privacy, it will be.

Of course, because this is a beta version of iOS 7, there are bugs and those bugs will be ironed out, this one included. Since it is a little bigger than some of the other iOS 7 beta bugs, we felt that those running iOS 7 beta should be aware of it.

Apple will likely iron it out very quickly and consumers who aren’t part of the iOS 7 beta program won’t likely see the issue on board when the final version of the software arrives.