The Walkie-Talkie function was implemented in watchOS 5, which came out last September. Apple found a bug that enabled individuals to use an Apple Watch to listen to discussions through the iPhone of another person through the “Walkie-Talkie” function of the Watch. Apple disabled the function until it was able to release a bug fix.
“We’ve just been made aware of a vulnerability linked to the Apple Watch’s Walkie-Talkie app and disabled the feature as we solve the problem rapidly,” Apple told TechCrunch in a declaration.
We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible.
Apple said it is
not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and it requires specific conditions and sequences of events to exploit it.
“We take our customers ‘ security and privacy extremely seriously”.
A similar iPhone bug was discovered in January 2019 when a teenager discovered a FaceTime bug that allowed someone with an iPhone to call another iPhone and listen through the microphone, even though the recipient hadn’t responded. Apple solved that bug rapidly.
The company will momentarily completely disable the function until a fix can be created and rolled out to appliances. The Walkie Talkie App will continue to be installed on machines, but will not work until the fix is updated.
Apple silently pushed a Mac update to remove a Zoom Conference app function that enabled it to operate around Mac constraints to deliver a smoother call initiation experience, but also permitted emails and websites to add a user to an active video call without their consent.