Updated: Jan 20, 2020
Apple iOS 13.1 has finally been released to the public, and following it is an issued warning by the tech giant itself. In an official security post, Apple confirmed that both iOS 13.1 and its new iPadOS 13.1 have a flaw which allows third-party keyboards to obtain “full access” to iPhones and iPads “even if you havenʼt approved this access.”
Fortunately, Apple states that the problem does not affect its official iOS keyboard, but does admit that the exploit is public and that they have yet to find a fix. The big four corporation promised that “an upcoming software update will fix an issue.” However, it gave no details of when this update will arrive.
Due to this temporary bug, one can expect malicious iOS keyboards to attempt to make the most out of this while they still can. Due to the fact that the official iOS keyboard was so limited (prior to the iOS 13 update), third party keyboards have been very popular.
If youʼd like to see which third party keyboards you have installed on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Keyboard> Keyboards. If you doubt your privacy while the bug is still embedded in Appleʼs iOS, uninstall third party keyboards until Apple arrives to a solution.
All in all, Apple customers should be in disarray, especially for new owners of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. These users are unfortunately bound to iOS 13 and have no option to avoid the bug. As for users of older iPhone models, you may have been opened up to a multitude of other issues following the release of iOS 13. Expect for Apple to release iOS 13.1.1 minor point updates, the first of several updates Apple will release over the next 4-8 weeks. Personally, Iʼd suggest Apple iPhone and iPad users to steer clear of the iOS 13 update until further updates arrive.