This iPhone-powered smart lock can be picked in seconds with worrying ease

Level lock plus and iPhone
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The latest Level Lock+ smart lock makes use of Apple's Home Key tech to make it easier for people to gain access to their homes. But it looks like it also makes it too easy for everyone else to get in, too.

The $320 Level Lock+ has only been on sale for a short time but one YouTube creator has already been able to find a way past it using "low-skill" attacks.

Access granted

The video by LockPickingLaywer shows just how easy it is to unlock the Level Lock+ without using anything complicated or particular skill. They first show the lock being easily picked, following that up by "bumping" the lock open by putting a key into the lock and hitting it with a hammer.

Both of those attacks shouldn't be capable of breaking their way into a lock at this price point, we're told. But there is a ray of sunshine — the standard key and knob cylinder construction does at least mean that buyers can swap them out for something more secure. Not that they should have to when spending this kind of money.

Security issues aside, the lock itself has all of the smarts you could want. Support for HomeKit and HomeKey means that the lock can be opened using an iPhone or Apple Watch, while remote access is just a tap away. Home Key support also ensures that the lock can be opened even if the user's iPhone or Apple Watch is out of battery, too.

If you want to pick one of these things up, you can — the Level Lock+ is on sale at Apple Stores and via the online Apple Store for $329.95 and comes in two colors. HomeKey is one of the best iPhone options for unlocking a smart lock right now and this is one of the few locks that supports it right now.

Just make sure you watch that video before placing your order, though.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.