Apple Scrambles to Fix FaceTime Privacy Bug, Disables Group FaceTime

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, iOS with 5 Comments

Late last night, reports of a major FaceTime bug started spreading online. Due to a bug in FaceTime’s group calling functionality, users were able to listen to someone they are calling before they even picked up the call without any fail. The bug has now left Apple scrambling to fix the issue on its products, which is apparently affecting both iOS devices and Mac devices with FaceTime.

Although the company is yet to fix the actual issue, it has disabled FaceTime group FaceTime on the server-side. On its status page, the company states that Group FaceTime is currently unavailable, likely to prevent users from exploiting the bug any further.

Cupertino has promised an actual fix later this week with a future software update, stating  “We’re aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week”.

Group FaceTime has caused a quite a lot of trouble for Apple. The feature’s release was originally delayed on iOS, and there were other minor bugs when it launched. This latest bug is much bigger than any of those, and it looks like Apple might get into a lot of controversies about this. After all, the company had a huge ad at CES about privacy:

Too soon.

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