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Apple disables Walkie Talkie app after iPhone eavesdropping bug

Apple has temporarily disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to a breach of code that allows other person to listen to another customer’s iPhone without consent.

The Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app was then disabled due to the possibility that users may listen to other’s iPhones even without any permission. Earlier this year, a bug was discovered existing in a group calling feature of FaceTime, the bug allowed users to listen in before a call is accepted

Apple’s Walkie Talkie app on Apple Watch feature lets two individuals who have accepted a mutual invitation from each other to receive audio chats via a ‘push to talk’ interface reminiscent of the PTT buttons on older cell phones.

Along with the app removal, an apology statement for the said bug and for the inconvenience it had brought for being unable to use the feature while an attempt to fix was made.

“We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously. We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent.  We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience,” a statement from Apple reads.

Apple has its report a vulnerability portal directly that alerted of the existence of the bug and no evidence though says about the bug’s exploit.

The damage of disabling the feature is made temporary until a solution can be rolled out to the end devices already. The installed Walkie Talkie App will remain on the devices, but will not work for a time being.