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Apple Apologises For Flaw in FaceTime Software

Apple said it disabled the Group FaceTime feature as soon as its engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug

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Apple could acquire the entertainment company, Netflix. IANS

Apple has apologised for a flaw in FaceTime software that allowed people to eavesdrop on others, even if they never answered a FaceTime call, the media reported.

The Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said a fix for the bug which will re-enable the group FaceTime feature will be available to users next week, CNBC reported on Friday.

Apple had originally said that a fix was coming this week.

With iOS 12.1 and later versions, Group FaceTime is designed to make it easy to chat with multiple people at the same time. One can start a Group FaceTime right from the FaceTime app or from a group conversation in the Messages app.

But the bug allowed people to listen in on, or even see someone, during a group FaceTime call, even if the person receiving the call did not pick up, the CNBC report said.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple has credited the family of a 14-year-old for reporting the bug.

“We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week,” Apple was quoted as saying in a statement.

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“We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologise to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process,” the statement added.

Apple said it disabled the Group FaceTime feature as soon as its engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug. (IANS)

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Apple Works on All-Glass iPhone with More Features

Apple patents all-glass iPhone with wraparound display

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Apple is working on an all-glass iPhone with a wraparound touch screen, which can display information, icons and images. Pixabay

Apple is reportedly working on an all-glass iPhone with a wraparound touch screen, which can display information, icons and images on any surface with the entire device touch sensitive.

Electronic Device with Glass Enclosure, US Patent No 20200057525, describes an iPhone that comprises a six-sided glass enclosure, Apple Insider reported recently.

The patent describes an all-glass iPhone which perhaps could be a better then foldable phones.

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The Apple iPhone also shows the wallpaper stretched to the sides with some information showing at the bottom side. (Representational Image). Pixabay

“Described herein, however, are electronic devices with enclosures that use glass to define multiple sides of the enclosure. In such cases, the enclosure may appear visually and tactilely seamless, such that the entire enclosure may appear to be formed from a single piece of glass (even though it may be formed from multiple separate pieces attached together),” states the patent.

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The sketch of the phone illustrates the curved edges of the device from all the sides with some information showing up on them.

It also shows the wallpaper stretched to the sides with some information showing at the bottom side. (IANS)