Apple has released a statement saying the bug will be fixed via an update set for release later this week, but many tech experts are recommending Mac and iPhone users turn off FaceTime until the issue is resolved. If you include yourself in the call, you will then start an audio call between yourself and the person you are ringing, even before they answer the call. The bug, confirmed by Bloomberg News, happens when a user creates a FaceTime conference call, puts in their phone number, and then adds the number of another person.
A newly discovered FaceTime bug enables callers to listen into the recipient's audio before they answer the phone, according to iPhone users who have been impacted by it.
This means people can listen in on conversations without the other person having any idea this is happening. Even worse, if the person that is being called presses the power button to mute the FaceTime call, the front facing camera would turn on as well.
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Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the FaceTime flaw.
The feature is related to FaceTime's new group calling feature.
"I don't know about you, but I'm disabling FaceTime on my Mac and iPhone until this is resolved", he wrote.
Apple is a aware of the bug, and says there's a fix coming later this week. Instructions on disabling FaceTime in the meantime are here.