Apple to fix Group FaceTime bug today with iOS update

Apple to fix Group FaceTime bug today with iOS update
According to an updated support page, Apple is expected to disseminate iOS 12.1.4 today. The update should include a patch to fix a very big issue that forced Apple to disable the Group FaceTime video chat system. The issue was first noticed by a teenager named Grant Thompson, whose mother Michele tried to get in touch with Apple to tell them about the bug. The problem allowed those initiating a Group FaceTime video call to hear audio from the other members of the group even before they answered the video call. The invasive nature of this problem forced Apple to shut down the feature temporarily.

UPDATE: The iOS 12.1.4 update has now been distributed to Apple iPhone users (see image at the bottom of this article).

Originally, Apple promised to send out a fix last week. Instead, the company released a statement apologizing for the problems, and even acknowledged the role of the Thompson family in discovering it. At the same time, Apple said that it would issue an update during the current week. Apple usually releases its updates at 1pm ET, as pointed out by MacRumors, so you can try to coax it out manually by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

The update to iOS 12.1 brought the Group FaceTime feature to the Apple iPhone 6s and later, the iPad Pro and later, the iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4. Up to 32 people can participate in a group video chat, and the tile of the person talking gets larger to avoid confusion. The revised Apple Support Page notes that with today's update, Group FaceTime will be available on compatible iOS devices running iOS 12.1.4 or later. Those with older models that support the build, like the iPhone 6 for example, can join a Group FaceTime call as an audio participant.

Apple sends out iOS 12.1.4 which fixes Group FaceTime bug

Apple sends out iOS 12.1.4 which fixes Group FaceTime bug

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16 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I wonder what will break now?

2. sirohunter

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Whatever it is, wanna be the one who finds the bug to get that apple Ca$H lol

3. Samfruit

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 11, 2018

Not yet out But i have already found a bug. Lol

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not even gonna go thru my Max, that way I won't know what this update breaks.

5. Valdomero

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'm still on iOS12. Not gonna update until the benefit / bug balance goes to the benefit side.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6518; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I say hold off updating for a couple weeks. Apple is really off their game lately when it comes to their updates.

7. sirohunter

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Stay or downgrade to 12.1.2, jailbreak is in the works :)

8. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'm surprised PA hasn't mentioned those iOS apps that have been secretly recording the screens of iPhones.

9. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

10. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Oh no I'm not wrong. There are more apps that were mentioned that aren't in that article no trolling here, I'm just telling it as it is since I am an Apple consumer myself. They really need to stop tripping up on this security nonsense.

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I Thought Apple's software was always so much more polished, what happened?

12. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

haven't updated for 2 months and i dont think i will update again.

13. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

this time they may make phone dead with new update in order to force brains to buy a new iphone

14. ssallen

Posts: 158; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

This also fixed 2 other zero day exploits that were actively being exploited.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

With the many many bugs that are being reported with Pie (what is it now, overly aggressive memory and background management?), I’m relieved that when a bug...a bug...is found in iOS it gets so much attention.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6518; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Pie supposedly killed off the ability to record phone calls. That alone was enough for me to avoid updating my OS.

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