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Apple temporarily disables the app Walkie-Talkie for the Apple Watch

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Published on Jul 11, 2019

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Apple temporarily disables the app Walkie-Talkie for the Apple Watch

Apple has disabled the app Walkie-Talkie for the Apple Watch because of a bug that could allow users to catch others, reports TechCrunch.

The company has released a statement in which it informs that has just been notified of the vulnerability and has temporarily disabled the feature Walkie-Talkie while you are developing a fix. The app Walkie-Talkies will still be installed on Apple Watch users, but it will not work until you released a fix that will correct that lil problem.

Statement of Apple:

We just became aware of a vulnerability app Walkie-Talkie on the Apple Watch, and we disabled the feature while we solve the problem quickly. We apologize with our customers for the inconvenience and we will revert back to functionality as soon as possible. Also if we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a client and are the required conditions and sequences of events specific to make use of it, we take very seriously the security and privacy of our customers. We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action because this bug could allow someone to listen to through the iPhone of another client without consent. We apologize again for this problem and the inconvenience.

Walkie-talkie debuted last fall on watchOS 5 and allows users to communicate easily between them with the Apple Watch using a push-to-talk.

As pointed by TechCrunch, the problem is reminiscent of a serious bug of Group FaceTime discovered at the beginning of this year that could allow callers to listen to the audio of a user without the call was accepted. In such a scenario, Apple has disabled in remote FaceTime of the group once the problem was discovered and has released a bug fix emergency a week and a half later as part of iOS 12.1.4.

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