Apple left with egg on its FaceTime

Apple is busy containing the fall out after it emerged FaceTime has a major bug that allows callers to eavesdrop on recipients, even if they don’t pick up. 9to5Mac broke the story:

The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update “later this week”.

Naturally, this poses a pretty privacy problem as you can essentially listen in on any iOS user, although it still rings like normal, so you can’t be 100% covert about it. Nevertheless, there is no indication on the recipient’s side that you could hear any of their audio.

Axios’ Ina Fried noticed that Apple seems to have disabled the group function on FaceTime, which is where the flaw lies. That come ahead of a planned fix that will be pushed out some time in the next few days:

Any flaw with Apple is a big story, more so than most other firms – much to Cupertino’s annoyance, privately.

But this particular cock-up is given added energy thanks to Apple’s posturing on privacy. Indeed, it comes on National Privacy Day. Here’s what Tim Cook had to say before the flaw story broke:

Oh, and it comes less than a month after this: