Apple Group FaceTime: Any publicity good publicity?

If you didn't know that you could do group calls on Apple devices, you do now.

From Benjamin Mayo's Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up, posted on 9to5Mac Monday:

A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media. The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call. Apple says the issue will be addressed in a software update “later this week”.

As of mid-morning Tuesday, 4.2 million Twitter users had watched Mayo's how-to video.

My take: Apple has taken the feature down. When they bring it back up, I'm going to give it try. I suspect I won't be alone.


  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Wish I’d known about this before Apple took it down. I’d love to hear what my ex is saying before she answered.

    January 29, 2019
  2. Ralph McDarmont said:
    It amazes me that any software bugs slip past Apple. The company has such enormous resources and so many brilliant software engineers. I don’t use FaceTime because I prefer to shield my permanent old man scowl. But Apple should be commended for jumping on the issue instantly by shutting down the problem and assuring users that a fix is imminent. You can bet the fix will be verified a zillion times before an iOS update is released. Very soon btw. A lot of companies facing a similar issue would be buried in committees for a week.

    January 29, 2019
    • Aaron Belich said:
      Eh, twittersphere is going full retard over the allegation someone brought this to their attention a week ago.

      When the reaction time just isn’t fast enough. I wonder how many snooped on the POTUSA.

      January 29, 2019
      • “Eh, twittersphere is going full retard over the allegation someone brought this to their attention a week ago.”

        It doesn’t hurt that there’s a publicist peddling the story of the 14-year-old who alerted Apple.

        January 29, 2019
    • John Konopka said:
      You don’t have to use video. You can make FaceTime audio only calls which have better audio quality than normal calls.

      January 29, 2019
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    I remember how slow MSFT’s Service Packs we’re in coming, then they charged for it.

    January 29, 2019

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