Social media lights up on Monday with reports that a bug with FaceTime had the potential to turn any iPhone or Mac into a hot microphone .
First reported by 9to5Mac and confirmed by CNET, the bug lets an iPhone user start a FaceTime call and – by adding their own number to the call when the phone rings – hear sounds coming from the recipient's phone even before the recipient has accepted call. Even more alarming, if the receiver rejects incoming calls with the switch on their iPhone, it sends video from the camera.
On Monday afternoon, Apple told CNET that it was time to fix the error, due to a software update "later this week".
Later on Monday night, Apple's system status page had been updated, showing group FaceTime as "temporarily unavailable". We could not recover the error after this, so hopefully the problem has been resolved until the software update can be released.
But if you feel worried (or if your friends continue to make FaceTime calls because they want to prank you), then you can disable FaceTime on your devices.
On iPhone or iPad
- Open settings
- Scroll down to the option FaceTime
- Switch the switch to the left so that FaceTime is disabled (switches from green to gray)  On Mac
- ] Open the FaceTime application on your Mac (you can find it in the Finder window, listed under Applications)
- Click the menu FaceTime in the top menu menu
- Select the third option, Turn FaceTime Off
Logging out to FaceTime on Mac completely
- Open the FaceTime application on your Mac
- Click FaceTime menu in the top menu bar
- Select the second option for Settings
- Click on Logout
Update, 9:05 PT: Adds update to that group FaceTime is no longer available.
Best Super Bowl TV Deals: Buy a New TV for the Big Game? These are your best choices.
How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online.