Apple discovered a bug that allowed people to use an Apple Watch watch to listen to conversations via another person's iPhone via the "Walkie-Talkie" function of the watch. Apple has disabled the feature until it can publish a fix for the bug.
The walkie-talkie feature was introduced in watchOS 5, which was launched last September.
"We have just become aware of a vulnerability related to Walkie-Talkie application on Apple Watch and we have disabled this feature because we are quickly solving the problem," Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch . "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and restore functionality as soon as possible."
Apple has stated that it "is unaware of the use of this vulnerability against a client and that specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it".
"We take the security and privacy of our customers very seriously and concluded that disabling the application was the correct solution, because this bug could allow a person to listen to it. iPhone from another client without consent. "
A similar iPhone bug was discovered in January 2019, when a teenager discovered a FaceTime bug that allowed someone with an iPhone to call another iPhone and listen to the microphone, even if the recipient n & # 39; 39; had not answered the call. Apple quickly fixed this bug.