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The frightening new Apple Watch vulnerability disables the popular app while it's working on a fix
The market-leading Apple Watch product line owes its immense popularity not only to a breakthrough series of life-saving technologies, but also to a range of highly practical features for smooth wrist communication. In addition to the (optional) mobile connection, which was integrated directly into the last two generations of the iPhone-compatible portable device, 2018 a sophisticated app called Walkie Talkie with push-to-talk features was released.
It received a lot of attention at the launch of the watchOS 5 update, which supports the Apple Watches Series 1 to 4 and looks like a practical alternative to traditional voice calls and text messaging, especially for GPS-only variants of the world's best-selling smartwatch Family. Of course, the sensation faded quickly, but the walkie-talkie functionality is now back in the spotlight … for the wrong reasons.
Fatal Vulnerability Detected, App Disabled
While Apple's operating systems are generally viewed as more secure than their counterparts (made by Google or Microsoft), no such complicated software can ever truly be infallible. What sets Cupertino-based technology giants apart from the competition is the way they respond to internal or external discoveries of security issues.
It seems Apple has responded very quickly to reports of this last "walkie-talkie app vulnerability" and disabled the feature before the bug could ever be exploited in nature, and apparently a solution worked as quickly as possible. While we do not know the "specific conditions and sequences of events" that a potential malicious agent could exploit to exploit the vulnerability for actual users, the nature of the vulnerability sounds daunting. Fix is being worked on. "/>
Apparently the bug would have been Allow an experienced hacker to "listen to someone else's iPhone without approval." No further details are given on how far this privacy breach could have gone, but you can probably understand why Apple is so quick, determined and had to take extreme measures to disable the walkie-talkie functionality while working out a solution.
What exactly is walkie-talkie and why should one (not) be worried?
We could definitely explain how the app works in about 1
00 words, but let's the conversation prefers Apple's official 2-minute promo video, which covers all the important points in detail. Although a bit tricky, we can understand why certain users find walkie-talkie to be useful in certain scenarios when they are texting or phoning their iPhone.
At the same time, it's worth highlighting You need to set up the FaceTime app on your iPhone and be able to make and receive FaceTime audio calls to have walkie-talkie on your Apple Watch (Series 1 or higher) ) can be performed. This essentially means that this vulnerability is also indirectly related to FaceTime, which is definitely not a good idea for the otherwise popular video and audio communications service.
Ultimately, though iPhone and Apple Watch users have every reason To fret about these discoveries and the temporary deactivation of the walkie-talkie app, it's important to remember that this particular vulnerability never exploits was (at least according to current knowledge of Apple) and the functionality "as soon as possible" is restored.