A software update that is intended to fix a bug in its Group FaceTime video-calling feature has been released by Apple. Reportedly, the bug enabled the users of the app to eavesdrop on recipients before they answered a call.
Last week, the tech giant issued an apology for the bug. It confirmed that it would shortly roll out an update to its iOS operating system that would specifically address the said issue.
iOS 12.1.4, a new version of the software, is now being pushed out to the iPhone and iPad users. It comes with the message that says that it “provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.”
Apple’s Group FaceTime service was disabled after the discovery of the bug, however, the system status website of the company confirms that the feature has been reactivated for those who chose to update their software.
The said issue had been discovered by a 14-year-old boy from Arizona. Michele Thompson, his mother, then reported it to Apple.
At the time, Apple praised the Thompson family for reporting the issue and announced that its engineering team had immediately started working on resolving the issue.
In a statement confirming the update, Apple stated: “Today’s software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime. We again apologise to our customers and we thank them for their patience.”
It added: “In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security.”
It continued: “This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS.”
The tech giant also confirmed that it would compensate the Thompson family for reporting the bug. It also said that it would make an added gift towards the education of Grant Thompson, the teenager who discovered it.