The industry-leading Apple Watch range is owing its immense popularity to not only a revolutionary set of life-saving technologies, but also to a handy set of smooth wrist communication features. In addition to the cellular connectivity (optional) integrated directly into the last two generations of the iPhone-compatible portable device, a clever application called Walkie-Talkie has been launched in 2018 with instant messaging features.
Major vulnerability discovery, application disabled
While Apple's operating systems are generally considered more secure than their counterparts (designed by Google or Microsoft), no such complex software can be truly foolproof. What often distinguishes the Cupertino-based tech giant from the competition is how it reacts to internal or external discoveries of security problems.
As it turns out, it seems that Apple reacted very quickly to the reports on the latter "Walkie-Talkie vulnerability", disabling the function before the flaw could be exploited at the moment. Wild and obviously working on a patch to deploy. As soon as possible. Although we do not know the "specific conditions and event sequences" that a potential malicious agent might have used to exploit the vulnerability against real users, its nature seems rather scary.
Apparently, the flaw could have allowed a fairly skilled hacker to "listen without permission through another client's iPhone". No further details are provided on the path of this invasion of privacy, but you can probably understand why Apple needed to take such quick, decisive and extreme measures, making the Walkie Talkie feature unusable when to the point of a fix.
What exactly is the walkie talkie and why you should not worry
We could certainly explain the operation of the application in a hundred words, but we prefer to let the floor to the official promotional video of 2 minutes of Apple, which covers all the key points in detail. Although somewhat fanciful, we can absolutely understand why some users would find the walkie-talkie useful in some scenarios. Writing a text or making a call on their iPhone is just not as convenient.
At the end of the day, although iPhone and Apple Watch users have every reason to be bothered by these discoveries and the temporary deactivation of Walkie-Talkie application, it is important to remember that this vulnerability has never been exploited (at least for Apple's current knowledge) and functionality will be restored "as soon as possible".