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iOS Update Fixes Facetime Bug

We wouldn’t normally publish posts about updates to iOS as most of the updates are ‘under the hood’. However a major flaw was found in Apple’s Facetime app that meant people could potentially eavesdrop on conversations even if they never answered a call you placed to them.

The latest Apple iOS software 12.1.4 has just dropped, and includes a fix for the issue affecting those using Group Facetime. The bug was discovered after a 14-year-old boy discovered that, while group Facetiming with friends on his iPhone, he was able to hear someone who hadn’t picked up when he called.

Apple have said they will compensate the teenager and his family for discovering the flaw and will also make a contribution toward Grant’s education.

The normally silent tech giant on issues of bugs in its software issued a statement on Thursday.

“Today’s software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime,” Apple said. “We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience. In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security. This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS.”

Here’s how to update your iPhone:

  • Open settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap General. (Double tap if you are a Voiceover user)
  • Choose Software Update.

Let your iPhone download and install the new software. It’s recommended that you do this as soon as possible.

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