Apple has released iOS 12.1.4 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The update includes a long-awaited and important fix for a serious bug in Apple’s Group FaceTime software that allowed users to eavesdrop on the audio of a person they were calling before that person picked up the phone. The bug was discovered last week by a teenager and Apple said a patch was on the way, however, it wouldn’t be ready until several days later. In a description of the update, Apple notes that the flaw was discovered by 14-year-old Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School. Thompson, along with his mother, Michele, tried to report the bug to Apple but said they struggled to get the company’s attention until the problem gained traction on social media. Apple disabled the Group FaceTime feature as it worked to resolve the bug. It remains unclear just how long users were able to take advantage of the flaw, which allowed people to eavesdrop on another user’s microphone or camera by initiating a fake Group FaceTime call. With the update, users can make a Group FaceTime call again.
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