MichaelJayBerlin / Shutterstock.com. While it promised a fix this week, that fix is delayed till next week.
Group Facetime is a great way to talk to your family and friends all at once, but unfortunately, if we found out earlier this week, it was also an easy way to spy on people. All you had to do was start a Facetime call, then swipe up from the bottom of the screen, tap “Add Person,” and add your own phone number. We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple's servers and we want to do this. We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple's servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone's patience as we complete this process.
We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and started work on the fix. We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible. We take security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to the trust of Apple customers place in us.
While it is good to see Apple take precautionary steps like disabling group Fix for such a severe issue could be released much sooner. For now, you can wait until the device hits your device and for extra security, disable Facetime.
On an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings> FaceTime and toggle FaceTime off. You will have to repeat this process on all your devices — for example if you have both an iPhone and iPad.
FaceTime Off. You will have to repeat this step on all your Macs, too.