Download Now: Apple Rolls Out Fix for FaceTime Bug

James Marshall
February 10, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee and its subcommittee on consumer protection also slammed Apple's FaceTime flaw on Tuesday as "a significant privacy violation". It's a patch that fixes a bug that allowed users to spy on others by activating a group FaceTime call without the user's consent.

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

The report on The Verge adds that Apple has made a decision to compensate Grant Thompson, the boy who discovered the bug.

The new iOS update that Apple pushed out yesterday not only offered a permanent fix for the FaceTime bug.

After Grant and his friends stumbled on the issue and were able to recreate it several times, Grant told his mother, Michelle Thompson, who reached out to Apple about the flaw.

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. Should they use the power button to silence or ignore the incoming call, the camera could also have been enabled, giving the dialer both audio and video of the person before they pick up. If you haven't received any notification, you can download iOS 12.1.4 by going to Settings General Software Update. Apple has revealed that it will reward - the amount hasn't been disclosed - the family and also given an extra "gift" to 14-year-old Thompson.

'We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible, ' Apple said.

The operating system updates that address this flaw-and others-are available now.

The official release notes of the iOS 12.1.4 update don't detail any new additions. Currently, Apple only pays for bugs found in the iOS operating system for phones.

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