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Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 update with Group FaceTime bug fix

08 February, 2019, 11:29 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

The bug allowed eavesdropping by someone calling their FaceTime contacts, receiving audio from them without their knowledge before they answered the call. To make matters worse, if the person receiving the call pressed the power button to mute the ringing, their front-facing camera would turn on allowing the caller to see what was happening in the room. With this move, February 5th, 2019 was the last date anyone could downgrade their devices to an older iOS version if they faced any trouble. Apple today released iOS 12.1.4.

The FaceTime fix is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install Thursday. News of the bug first hit last Monday, (Jan. 28), and Apple disabled Group FaceTime later that night, to prevent users from being spied upon. The update has also arrived for systems still running macOS High Sierra or macOS Sierra, and is accessible through the Mac App Store's Updates tab, as Apple changed this update method in macOS Mojave. Apple unfortunately never responded to these attempts and only paid attention when videos of the bug started circulating on social media.

Apple plans to contribute to his college fund and will also pay a bounty to him and his family for reporting the bug. So if you've got an iPhone or iPad, go grab the iOS 12.1.4 update to ensure that you've got the fix.

Your device will now download and install the update and restart your device.

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When done, enter your code at the lock screen and the update will be installed.

iPhone and iPad owners, there's a new software update coming your way.

For macOS users, the 10.14.3 update may automatically be installed.

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