IOS 12.1.4 is now out, fixing Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Yolanda Curtis
February 8, 2019

Apple has finally released an update for iOS that fixes a serious bug in group FaceTime which allowed callers to spy on those they were calling - even if the intended recipient never answered.

You should see a message stating that the iOS 12.1.4 update is available to install.

Apple has started to roll out its latest iOS 12.1.4 update which solves the Group FaceTime privacy issue.


All users had to do was make a call on FaceTime to their contact, and in the middle add their own number to convert this into a group conversation.

Apple told outlets that a fix would come later that week, but it instead arrived this week, delivering to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

During the audit of FaceTime, Apple also discovered another bug in Live Photos that was related to FaceTime.


Two key US House of Representatives Democrats on Tuesday asked Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to answer questions about the bug, saying they were "deeply troubled" over how long it took Apple to address the security flaw. Apple was quick to disable the Group FaceTime issue within hours after it was widely publicised. Here's what's fixed and how to apply the updates. Apple turned off the group chat feature last week, several days after a 14-year-old boy in Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw. Grant also gets a namecheck in the iOS update's developer notes.

To update your Mac, open System Preferences (Apple Logo System Preferences), click Software Update and click Update Now. You will need Wi-Fi access and your battery to be charged above 50 percent, or the device will need to be connected to a charger.


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