Apple to contribute to USA teen's education for spotting FaceTime bug

Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

The 14-year-old boy who discovered the eavesdropping security flaw in Apple's FaceTime video-calling system that made national headlines last week, is set to get a big undisclosed payout from the tech giant.

The bug was present in Apple devices running iOS 12.1 or later, as well as Macs running Mojave.

There aren't any new features in this update, sadly, but that isn't surprising: with issues as widespread and easily-exploitable as the Group FaceTime vulnerability, Apple typically acts quickly to stem the bleeding, so to speak.

During the audit of FaceTime, Apple also discovered another bug in Live Photos that was related to FaceTime. They could also sometimes see your video if you pressed the side button to silence the call. Though Apple now finds itself at the center of controversy, it seems the story has a happy ending for the teenager who discovered the bug. "The issue was addressed with improved state management", the company wrote on the support page while briefing the fix. But the real hero of this story is the 14-year-old kid who figured out that it existed, and whose mum reportedly used every imaginable method to reach the company and flag the security issue.

Did Apple fix the bug? At least one other person has come forward to say they disclosed the flaw to Apple before it was publicized.

Click the Download and Install option to set the wheels in motion.

The update is about 335MB is size and you'll have to connect to a WiFi connection to download.

Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen.

And how can Apple expect people to report security flaws, which have potential negative repurcussions to its dedicated users, if getting the flaws acknowledged requires jumping through hoops and signing up for a developer program, which you very well may have no interest in?