A bug in Apple’s FaceTime video-calling application that allows you to hear audio from a person you’re calling before they receive the call.
In a statement when questioned, Apple replied, “We’re aware of this issue, and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.” An hour or two after this post went live, Apple disabled Group FaceTime to mitigate the bug.
The bug requires you to perform a few actions while the phone is ringing, so if the person on the other end picks up quickly, they might not be affected. Knowledge of how to use the bug is already widespread. The steps include:
- Tap on a contact on your iPhone to start a FaceTime call with them.
- Swipe up and tap “Add Person.”
- Instead of adding a new person, enter your own number and add yourself as another participant in the Group FaceTime call.
After a caller completes the steps, they will be able to hear the recipient’s audio, but the recipient will be able to hear the caller’s audio too.
According to a report in The New York Times, Apple has now fixed the FaceTime bug. Users will be able to download a software update with the fix next week. That software update will also include the ability to re-enable the Group FaceTime video chatting feature.
Apple also apologises for the delay in fixing the bug.