Is your iPhone taking pictures without your permission? You're not alone

Is your iPhone taking pictures without your permission? You're not alone

Seeing an image of yourself while onvideo call qualifies as plain creepy in our weird glitches rating,but it seems quite real as this Apple forum thread has generatedthree pages of users sharing this very complaint: while on Facetime arandom picture pops up and it's nothing that you've shot, but rathera photograph the spooky iPhone seems to have captured on his own. Theimage doesn't appear in the Camera Roll and the issue seems hard toreproduce due to the random occurrence.

Below is a first-hand description ofthe issue:

“My boyfriend and I have bothrecently experienced this problem several times - when one of us iscalling the other via FaceTime, an old picture freezes on our screen,while the person receiving the call only sees a black screen. It'skind of creepy, because it brought up photos of both of us at work,where I have used FaceTime a few times but he never has. We're justwondering how/why this is happening, and if there is a fix. It's notterribly inconvenient, but it's definitely unsettling, where is seemsthat even if we haven't taken a picture or used FaceTime, the camerais keeping images.”

As unlikely as it all sounds, the amount of complaints has grown. Could your iPhone be spying on you? We wouldhate to go into any conspiracy theories, but we would love to hearback from you – has this happened on your iDevice? Let us know inthe comments below!

source: Apple Discussions via Huffington Post

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1. Super Android Evo unregistered

Really? What is Apple's iPhone doing? Imagine you are going to court & the phone just snaps a picture & the officer or the judge put you in the back room, and they start to interrogate you. LOL no but I can see this being a problem under the right circumstances. I hope Apple addresses this & corrects this as soon as possible. I am going to check the wife's iPhone to make sure this is not happening to her. LOL

2. Super Android Evo unregistered

Nope she uses face time with her girl friends all the time on Wi-Fi & she has not reported any issues. This maybe an isolated issue to a few customers. Wow she said she would have been very upset if the iPhone would be taking candid photos of her. I hope everyone else is not havong these issues!!!

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

*twilight zone theme music*.... if its a glitch, it definately needs correcting before the phones "accidentally" take pictures of things they arent supposed to and get someone in trouble. if its not a glitch, apple is even more evil than previously thought.

5. Super Android Evo unregistered

*twilight zone theme music*.... I am going to give Apple the benefit of doubt. I really hope they are not doing this on purpose. That would so be a horrible PR hit on them. I say it's a simple glitch!!..................... I hope!

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

*twilight zone theme music*.... I wonder what will be first the iPhone mobile drones or the android powered death star.... my bet is on 'cloud services'

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

*twilight zone theme music*.... maybe skynet started as an iphone app, listening in and learning by randomly spying on people. everyone, burn your iphones and save humanity!! :)

16. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

LOL!!! bet

6. andro unregistered

Of course apple is spying,they want complete control over everything including their idrones fans,why wouldn't threy spy,its all part of their plans for market research and keeping drones caught buying their products year after year

7. ispy unregistered

Isn't it obvious. The phone can pinpoint your location through GPS and see and hear everything when it is not in you pocket or purse. The friendly people in control can log on to you (your phone) just like you log on to you work computer from home.

8. TDroid21

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Creepy!! One of apple's hidious schemes?

9. hellosies unregistered

I heard that Elvis initially discovered this and then he was killed...

10. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

Apple thinks that by showing an old picture of someone, the caller would think the iphone is a very quick device and has already established contact... -.-

12. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

See, the secret images are supposed to be transmitted back to Cupertino without your knowing. The invasion of privacy is supposed to be transparent to the user. The glitch is that it got displayed on the screen of this particular user and now the cat is out of the bag.

14. zach1996 unregistered

i have an iphone4 and yeahh that happens to me

15. khangster

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

"Please don't cover the camera on your Mac. That makes it harder for us to see." - (False) Steve Jobs.!/falseSteveJobs/status/44802033089384448

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