Apple Formally Apologizes Over FaceTime Bug
Today Apple has issued a formal apology about the Group FaceTime bug which allowed users to see and hear people they were calling before they picked up the call.
In a statement provided to CNBC Apple said:
“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 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 take the security of our products extremely seriously, and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.” - Apple
Currently, Apple has disabled the Group FaceTime feature on their servers preventing iOS users from making Group FaceTime calls and says they have fixed the issue on the servers, and will roll out an updated version of iOS next week which will re-enable the service.
For day to day users of iOS devices should you be concerned, I would say no. I wouldn't go and disable FaceTime at this time since Apple has disabled the group feature already and thus blocked this bug, and when the software update is available next week, I would strongly recommend updating to re-enable this feature, but also keep your device up to date for all other software features.
Many may consider this to be a big fault in Apple, but I see it as yes bad, but also a positive for the company. Apple was easily able to shut down the service on their servers and thus protect users, and now they are releasing a new software update next week for all devices to fix it. Something many other manufacturers on the Android side aren't able to do.