Apple releases fix for disastrous group FaceTime bug

Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

The fix comes in the form of a new iOS update available now - iOS 12.1.4 - which corrects the bug that allowed users with the latest iOS software to initiate a call to anyone via FaceTime and immediately start hearing audio on the other person's end even before they accepted or rejected the call.

You should see a message stating that the iOS 12.1.4 update is available to install. The update, iOS 12.1.4, was made available for download on February 7 and follows shortly on the heels of two Congressional lawmakers publicly demanding answers from Apple CEO Tim Cook about the major privacy screw up.

The bad news was you couldn't use group FaceTime for more than a week while Apple worked on the fix.

All users had to do was make a call on FaceTime to their contact, and in the middle add their own number to convert this into a group conversation. Apple was quick to disable the Group FaceTime issue within hours after it was widely publicised.

The US technology firm has just released a major security update for its mobile devices which fixes a serious flaw with the popular FaceTime app. Grant also gets a namecheck in the iOS update's developer notes.

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Although the FaceTime bug has been addressed, its emergence is particularly embarrassing for Apple.

Apple credited 14-year-old Grant Thompson of Tucson, Arizona, for discovering the bug, almost a week after thanking him for reporting the flaw in the first place.

The recommended way to update your devices is to tap Settings General Software Update and carry out the update from there.

iPhone owners should update their Apple iOS software right now.

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

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