If you use FaceTime, turn it off NOW!

January 29, 2019

Major bug found on Apple’s video-calling service.

A couple of hours ago, a significant bug has been found on Apple’s FaceTime service. This video calling feature has been a staple feature of the device, which millions are already using. The bug would allow you to hear the other person’s voice when calling via FaceTime even before it gets accepted or rejected.

It’s a serious red flag for anyone concerned about privacy (which is literally everyone) and somehow taints Apple’s reputation for securing your privacy. The bug happens when you start a FaceTime call and then swiping up to add another person. You can then add your own number where it will start a group FaceTime call but now you can hear the audio of the person you first called. Just now, it has been found that it can also broadcast video as well even before you accept or reject the call.

Apple has already acknowledged the issue and has disabled FaceTime calling and said that it will be releasing a software patch later this week to fix the bug.

At the moment, the best option is to disable FaceTime in Settings OR if you live in the UAE and you have an iOS purchased here, there’s a good chance that FaceTime is already disabled.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.