Apple disables Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch after finding bug

Apple disables Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch after finding bug

The company is clearly taking the matter seriously, and this could be because of an eavesdropping bug that was discovered in FaceTime past year.

The Walkie Talkie app allows two people with Apple watches to add each other, then enter a voice chat via a touch-and-hold system.

You'll find the Walkie Talkie feature has been turned off on your Apple Watch, and that's because Apple has found a major vulnerability that could allow someone to listen in to someone else's iPhone without their consent.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple stated that they were recently made aware of the vulnerability and disabled that functionality as quickly as they could, while they worked on a fix. It believes that the vulnerability has not been used against any of its customers. When contacted by Business Insider for further details, Apple referred us to the statement given to TechCrunch.

The Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app has been disabled by its parent company, Apple itself.

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"We apologise again for this issue and the inconvenience".

At the end of the day, although iPhone and Apple Watch users have every reason to be annoyed by these discoveries and the temporary deactivation of the Walkie-Talkie app, the important thing to remember is this particular vulnerability was never exploited (at least to Apple's current knowledge) and the functionality will be restored "as soon as possible".

Apparently, the flaw could have allowed a skilled enough hacker to "listen through another customer's iPhone without consent".

The issue - which was a problem with the Zoom video chat app rather than with Apple's own software - let crooks turn Mac webcams on remotely.

Zoom said it began rolling out a patch the next day, but Apple also quietly pushed out an update, removing hidden web servers placed on users' devices by Zoom which were at the root of the flaw.

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