Apple is working on a fix for a bug in its Watch that would allow eavesdropping on iPhones. According to the manufacturer, the bug has not been exploited so far. Until the fix is there, the Walkie Talkie app will not work.
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Apple doesn’t provide details about the bug, presumably so as not to let others know where the leak is. In a statement to Techcrunch, Apple says that the vulnerability can only be exploited under certain circumstances and by going through a number of steps. The bug makes it possible to listen to the iPhone from the carrier, Apple writes.
The Walkie-Talkie app won’t work until the fix is in place, and Apple apologizes for the possible inconvenience that step will cause. Earlier this year, Apple turned off group conversations in Facetime after discovering a bug that allowed eavesdropping on iPhones. Apple doesn’t say when a fix will be available. Walkie-talkie is an app for watchOS 5, the latest version of Apple’s watch operating system. The feature allows users to talk to each other by pressing a large button on the screen, and an automatic response will follow.