Apple releases iOS 12.1.4, fixes iPhone FaceTime spying bug

Apple Has Finally Released A FaceTime Fix That You Need To Download Right Now

Apple Has Released an Update to Fix FaceTime Eavesdropping

Apple faced a great deal of public criticism for missing a scary privacy-invading FaceTime bug that a 14-year-old actually discovered before the company's cybersecurity experts, but interestingly enough, the other three vulnerabilities fixed with the latest iOS update made far fewer headlines. Available for download now, iOS 12.1.4's release notes claim the flaw is over, thanks to "improved state management".

Following the rollout of iOS 12.1.4, Apple will switch group FaceTime calls back on, but only for those who have applied the update.

With that bug, a person could spy on you using FaceTime, even if you didn't answer the call. So, if you like group FaceTime calls, this update is a must-have for you (and those you called).

Apple credited the Tucson teenager, Grant Thompson, for discovering the FaceTime bug. The company pulled the Group Chat feature from FaceTime shortly after the security flaw was revealed.

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

Ever since it was discovered that Thompson tried to responsibly disclose the bug to Apple, many have been calling for Apple to issue him a bug bounty reward.

If they are, you'll see the upgrade displayed on the screen with a Download and Install option also visible.

Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen.

The update applies to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

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