Apple seems to be releasing rather a lot of updates right now and the latest is iOS 12.1.4. The reason things are moving very quickly is because of a series of bugs that have popped up in the newest firmware and the bug that this release fixes is quite a serious one. Previous releases have been as a result of court rulings in China and to patch a number of quite severe bugs affecting many users. This time it’s a Group FaceTime bug.
Adding Group FaceTime functionality to iOS 12 was seen as a great move not least because calls could handle up to 32 participants at any one time. While users are still happy with this functionality, it appears that a critical bug has been discovered that forces a FaceTime call onto a user who hadn’t given agreement to be included; that in turn, provides the initiator of the call with access to the audio and video on the other device. Whether malicious or otherwise, it would provide the caller with the ability to hear everything that was in reach of the microphone and see everything on the front camera.
It goes without saying that this is nothing short of embarrassing for Apple but what’s even worse is that the bug was reported to them before it went public. However, while they didn’t stop it from happening, as soon as it did go public, they disabled their own server-side and issued iOS 12.1.4 to fix it.
Needless to say, anyone who has a compatible iOS device should update to iOS 12.1.4 immediately to patch the bug, particularly if you make use of Group Facetime. As usual, there are three ways to update and you can find those methods at the link below.
iOS 12.1.4 IPSW Links :
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone10,4 (iPhone 8)
- iPhone10,5 (iPhone 8 Plus)
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s, iPhone 6
- iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE, iPhone 5s GSM, iPhone 5s CDMA
- iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
- iPad Pro (11-inch – 2018), iPad Pro (1TB – 11-inch – 2018)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (1st generation | 2nd generation | 3rd generation, 3rd generation 1TB)
- iPad 5 (9.7-inch – 2017)
- iPad 6 (9.7-inch – 2018)
- iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3
- iPad Pro (9.7‑inch)
- iPad Air 1, iPad mini 2
- iPod touch (6th generation)
In a separate release, Apple has also issued an update to Mac OS Mojave, version 10.14.13, to fix the same issue on their desktop operating system and Mac users will need to download this before they can use Group FaceTime again.
Once you have installed the new update, you can safely use the Group FaceTime feature once more.
It isn’t uncommon for bugs to appear in the iOS firmware but Apple is pretty quick off the mark to fix them. This is just the latest in a long line of updates but whether this will be the last before iOS 12.2 is released is anyone’s guess.