“Apple has apologised over a major FaceTime bug that let people listen in on others’ iPhones,” Andrew Griffin reports for The Independent. “A fix has now been developed and will be with users next week, it said.”
An Apple spokesperson told The Independent:
We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process.
We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began work on the fix. 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. We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.
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MacDailyNews Take: Good for Apple for recognizing that their process for receiving bug reports from the general public and acting on those that are of critical importance is broken and needs to be fixed.
As per the issue of properly testing software prior to release, Apple’s Group FaceTime was delayed back in August 2018 and did not debut in iOS 12 on September 17, 2018 but in iOS 12.1 on October 30, 2018, the day of Apple’s iPad Pro event. Was it rushed in order to meet Apple’s event deadline? In hindsight, it seems so.
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