Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 update with Group FaceTime bug fix

iOS 12.1.4, Apple’s update that fixes the FaceTime bug, is now available to download

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Now that it's done that, Group FaceTime is back online and available to anyone running the new iOS 12.1.4. Meanwhile, do note that the Group FaceTime will not be available to users that didn't upgrade to the latest version of iOS and macOS.

Over a week ago, it was discovered that 3rd party callers could potentially eavesdrop via FaceTime if they initiate a Group FaceTime without having you to accept the call.

In December, Apple fixed another FaceTime bug - this one was just an annoyance, and not a major privacy risk - with iOS 12.1.1.

That so-called logic issue, discovered by a teenager in mid-January, burst into the public eye on Jan. 28 and forced Apple to disable the group FaceTime service altogether.

Apple told outlets that a fix would come later that week, but it instead arrived this week, delivering to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

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So if your phone seems sluggish after iOS 12.1.3 upgrade and if you wish to downgrade back to a lower version, it seems you simply can not as Apple has blocked it.

In addition to the macOS and iOS updates, Apple also released Shortcuts 2.1.3 to fix vulnerabilities found in Shortcuts for iOS.

Apple turned off the group-chat feature last week after a 14-year-old boy in Arizona discovered the flaw.

On supported devices, simply open Settings - General - Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions.

Following the release of these patches, the system status page on Apple's website has also been updated to reflect the situation. If that option is grayed out, make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network and/or start charging your device.

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