From 9to5mac:

1) Lock a password protected iPad 2

2) Hold down power button until iPad 2 reaches turn off slider

3) Close Smart Cover

4) Open Smart Cover

5) Click cancel on the bottom of the screen

More, including a temporary solution, in the article.


  1. Not sure if it still works in current iOS (5.1) (everyone who blew up about it seems to have forgotten about it and I haven’t seen anything saying it still exists.) but you had to have the “iPad Cover Lock/Unlock” setting turned on FIRST.

    And now there are other non-Apple covers that work the same way, using magnets in the cover to lock/unlock the iPad so the risk is actually greater – assuming this bug still exists.

  2. This never unlocked the iPad2. It only allowed someone to bypass the access code, and venter the last used app, but not run other apps. Only an unlocking code from Apple can unlock the iPad, or a jailbreak.

  3. “Bypass the access code” == “unlock” as far as this issue/bug was concerned in the minds of the chattering classes/press on the internet.

    I don’t think I ever saw anyone claim that this “unlocked” (aka jailbreaking) the iPad 2.

    And it was another case of people making a mountain out of a molehill (Anything Apple related pro/con gets clicks.)

    Going to have to test this on the 3rd gen iPad when I have a free moment.

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