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Bug in Apple Facetime app let users listen in on conversations

Al Jazeera

US tech company Apple has said it will fix a bug in its Facetime video calling app that let iPhone users hear audio from users who were yet to accept a video call. The bug only appeared in the app's group video calling feature. On its official status page, Apple said that "Group FaceTime is temporarily unavailable" as the company works on solving the issue. "We're aware of this issue and have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week," Apple said in response to the bug. One-on-one Facetime chats are not affected by the bug unless the conversation is turned into a group chat.


Apple unveils new 'Memoji' and updates FaceTime for up to 32 people

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple has unveiled an update to animoji that will allow users to create their own personalized characters called'memojis' that can be used in a new version of FaceTime Apple first introduced Animoji with the iPhone X, the only device it works for due to the front-facing True Depth camera. Originally limited to few character options such as a cat, unicorn, or a poop, the company has now expanded the feature in iOS 12. The new'memoji' was allows people to make animated versions of themselves from within the Messages app. An animoji Tim Cook takes part in a FaceTime Group chat at Apple's WWDC event. The firm has added groups chat and a new'memoji' feature for the first time.


Apple Disables Group FaceTime After Security Flaw Let Callers Secretly Eavesdrop

NPR Technology

Apple disabled group FaceTime yesterday after a bug was revealed letting callers eavesdrop on recipients before they accepted a call. Apple disabled group FaceTime yesterday after a bug was revealed letting callers eavesdrop on recipients before they accepted a call. A glitch in Apple's FaceTime app let users hear the other person -- and in some cases, see video -- even if the recipient never accepted the call. The bug was widely reported late Monday, and confirmed by several technology reporters. Until it can offer a permanent fix, Apple simply disabled group FaceTime calls altogether.


Go Update iOS Right Now To Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

WIRED

Apple just released the patch for its terrible Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug. You should go install it as soon as it hits your iPhone or iPad. The privacy-eroding flaw in Apple's calling platform set the internet ablaze this week with warnings and advice on how users should protect themselves. New York state attorney general Letitia James even launched a probe in response. The bug allowed users to activate the microphone--and even the camera--on any phone they were calling through FaceTime and listen in before the recipient picked up.


8 things Apple didn't tell us about iOS 12

Mashable

When Apple unveils a new version of iOS, it doesn't mess around. Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi blazed through slide after slide at the WWDC 2018 keynote to show us almost everything new in iOS 12 -- from new camera effects to a suite of tools to help manage device addiction, and of course those "Memoji." It's one thing to show a new feature, however. Quite another to use it. I got a chance to try out a few of the new iOS 12 tricks with an Apple-provided iPhone running the beta version of the update.