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Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 to Fix Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 to Fix Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

Apple has issued iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 to users through their software update tools a little later than expected.

Credit: Tom's GuideIf you've been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks, a flaw in Group FaceTime allowed anyone on the call to hear the audio from any recipient, regardless of whether the person on the other end had picked up. Apple was quick to disable the Group FaceTime issue within hours after it was widely publicised.

Apple on Thursday rolled out software updates to iPhones to fix a privacy issue in its FaceTime video calling service, and said it would contribute toward the education of the Arizona teenager who discovered the problem.

It looks like Apple will compensate the 14-year-old who uncovered the now fixed FaceTime Group chat security flaw. You can read the full security update details here.

The fix is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install Thursday.




Following the release of these patches, the system status page on Apple's website has also been updated to reflect the situation.

Apple, which has $245 billion in cash, did not disclose how much it is disclosing to Thompson's college fund or the bounty it is paying. 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.

The update applies to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch. Plug your device into a power source and click on the Download and Install button.

Live Photos won't work unless you update your device as Apple has updated their servers to block the feature from devices not running the latest security update.