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Apple has issued iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 to users through their software update tools a little later than expected.

The tech giant was forced to temporarily disable the group chat function while it scrambled to find a fix to an eavesdropping bug originally discovered by 14-year-old Grant Thompson of Tucson, Arizona.

Now, Apple has finally credited Thompson and Daven Morris from Arlington, Texas in the patch notes to its latest update.

A report on Wall Street Journal had highlighted how the 14-year old has discovered the bug while using FaceTime to set up a Fortnite gaming session with friends. It mitigates what the company describes as a "logic issue [that] existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls".

Apple has released an iOS and macOS update, which fixes the FaceTime privacy bug that was highlighted last week. The iPhone maker had also notified users about the unavailability of the feature through the system status page on its website. While they were fixing the bug, they disabled Group FaceTime, so that the bug could not be abused.

On an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings FaceTime and toggle FaceTime on.

As we see from the video there are no major speed improvements in the new iOS 12.14 over the previous iOS 12.1.3 software. However, the ability to add new participants to a FaceTime call by swiping up the screen wasn't available at the time of filing this story.

During the audit of FaceTime, Apple also discovered another bug in Live Photos that was related to FaceTime. The two vulnerabilities, known as CVE-2019-7286 and CVE-2019-7287, were related to a "memory corruption issue". So if you've got an iPhone or iPad, go grab the iOS 12.1.4 update to ensure that you've got the fix. These will download in the background and install overnight when the device is connected to mains power.


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