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This iPhone bug lets you talk Siri into giving you its contacts and photos

The bug only works for those who have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus and downloaded the latest version of iOS.

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AS SOON AS one bug is fixed by an update, another one seems to end up taking its place.

This is the case with the latest iOS update, iOS 9.3.1, which fixed a bug which froze your iPhone if you clicked on a third-party app link.

Now a new bug, first spotted by the Daily Dot, allows anyone to access a person’s contacts and photos while it’s still locked.

Although in this case, it only works if the iPhone in question is a 6s or 6s Plus and requires a bit of savviness to pull off.

YouTuber videosdebarraquito shows off the method on the latest version of iOS. The first step is activating Siri and asking it to search Twitter for the ending of any email address like ‘@gmail.com’.

Once you get one, you can use 3D Touch to add the email to an existing contact.

Bringing up your contacts, and choosing to edit one will give you the option to add a photo to a contact. Tapping on the Add Photo > Choose Photo will let you access the iPhone’s saved photos.

Source: videosdebarraquito/YouTube

While this is a problem, there is a straightforward way of solving it: turn off either 3D Touch or Siri.

This depends on which one you find less useful but for 3D Touch, just go into Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch to find it. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > General > Siri if you want to turn off the digital assistant.

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