Another Group FaceTime bug discovered, but this one is a lot less serious

Another Group FaceTime bug discovered, but this one is a lot less serious
While Apple focused primarily on system stability and performance improvements for new and old devices with iOS 12, last year's big platform update also contained a number of all-new features. Group FaceTime was perhaps the most notable add-on, attracting a lot of positive and then negative attention as it promised to support simultaneous video conferencing with up to 32 people, miserably failing however at protecting users' privacy.

But even after Apple discovered the widely publicized eavesdropping glitch (from a teenager), temporarily disabling the feature until a bug-fixing OS update was finally rolled out, it doesn't seem like the company's troubles are completely over. That's because Group FaceTime calls are still not working properly for all iOS users on the latest platform version, as reported by MacRumors.

The newly unearthed issue is far less controversial than that spying bug, fortunately, impacting the security of your iPhone or iPad in absolutely no obvious way. Basically, quite a few folks on Twitter and a couple of forums are saying they can't switch from a regular FaceTime call to a group video chat, as the option to add people to already initiated calls appears to be disabled.

After doing a little digging and discussing with several customer support representatives, a MacRumors forum user purportedly found out the issue is known to certain "senior" Apple advisors and, presumably, engineers already working on a fix. Official Apple Support Twitter account handlers are also aware of the limitation, suggesting users they start their Group FaceTime sessions with "at least two additional" people. 

In other words, the feature itself is functional, but for some reason, the "add person" option doesn't work as intended. While definitely inconvenient, that's not exactly a critical bug, so we may have to wait a little bit for a proper, complete Group FaceTime repair. 

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18 Comments

1. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

It really shows how stable and relatively bug free iOS is when a few people report an issue, and it's news. Of course, this site would be a never ending article stream if they reported Android bugs.

2. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

FaceTime is a very popular means of communication between Apple users - therefore any bug in it will be picked up quickly. This seems like a regression from the last fix. Where's the quality? This update-fix-update cycle is becoming ridiculous. If you are paying a premium for a device, you shouldn't expect constant issues like this, regardless of the platform you are on.

5. Vancetastic

Posts: 846; Member since: May 17, 2017

I expect better from iOS, personally. I don’t want to be a beta tester.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And there is my laugh for the day. Don't be butthurt, they also report android bugs, just more apple bugs lately.

10. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

BS. No "journalist" here trolls forums or Twitter to find a few people experiencing a bug. Android Pie has a ton more bugs than any recent version of iOS. It truly shows how stable iOS is when they have to dig deep to find a flaw. Visit Google product forums sometime.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMFAO... when its a few reports on android it's every android, when its a report on apple its always just a few to you isheep. Damn you isheep ifanboys will let apple get away with anything. Good thing there are some iphone fans that will call them out.

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 846; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don’t care about Android bugs. I use iOS, and it’s only on Apple products, so I expect better quality control. The end. Period.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on.

3. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

The bugs on iOS are like cockroaches, you kill one and another appears.

4. scarface21173

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Whack a mole

7. Alcyone

Posts: 240; Member since: May 10, 2018

I think of Apple as being Captian America killing hydra soldiers. And a movie quote along this line, "kill one hydra, and two more will appear."

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Exactly like Hydra: absolutely no bug affects the system.

8. blingblingthing

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Very stable and polished software indeed.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Compared to Android, it's flawless.

12. blingblingthing

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

That's sorta like El Chapo saying he's a good man compared to Pablo Escobar.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well we see how smart you are by that picture next to your name.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said sis.

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