If your iPhone is running any of the last four iOS 12 updates, you’re in big trouble. What’s more, Apple AAPL +1.09% has now confirmed a nasty surprise about iOS 12.1.4 which was meant to ride to your rescue…
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Speaking to MacRumors, Apple has stated it wants to “sincerely apologize” to all iPhone customers who have been hit by, arguably, the worst bug in iOS history but warned that the fix for it has been delayed.
The flaw, which allows the audio and video from iPhones to be monitored undetected, will no longer be arriving “this week” as the company had promised on Tuesday. Instead, a more vague timeline of “next week” has been announced for what will be iOS 12.1.4.
Apple also pledged to improve how it handles serious bug reports after it was discovered that the fault was reported by the mother of a child who had discovered it, but Apple told her to sign up as an Apple developer if she wanted the report to be taken seriously. Apple has now issued a public thank you to the family.
As it stands, Apple has mitigated the cause of the flaw by disabling FaceTime Group chats worldwide. What will happen to the millions of iPhone users who don’t immediately upgrade to iOS 12.1.4 after it is released and Group chats are re-enabled, however, remains to be seen. After all, unless Apple has some form of new safeguard in place, users will be exposed all over again.