After the news of a FaceTime eavesdropping bug broke last week, Apple turned off FaceTime group servers and promised to fix it in a future update. iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 are both available since Thursday; earlier versions of these operating systems will have group FaceTime turned off for good. From the statement provided by Apple to MacRumors, we can also learn about a bug regarding Live Photos within FaceTime that has been fixed together with the eavesdropping issue.
In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security. This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Committee on Energy & Commerce asked Tim Cook a few questions to learn about how the company handled this matter and if it had known about the problem before the first user reports. Also, as Bloomberg reported a week ago, there is an ongoing investigation by the New York Governor and the New York Attorney General. It’s good to see that officials are treating user privacy seriously. That is until they come up with some stupid ideas, but that’s a story for another time.
Grant Thompson, who was the first person to discover the bug, will be eligible for Apple’s bug bounty program; additionally, the company will provide funds towards his academic scholarship.
On Tuesday Apple published some rather surprising news. Deirdre O’Brien, who has been an Apple employee for the past thirty years will take over the duties of Angela Ahrendts as Senior Vice President of Retail + People. Ahrendts will be leaving Apple in April.
If you want to learn more about Ahrendts before her joining Apple as well as about her work for the company, check out William Gallagher’s article at AppleInsider.
It’s hard to separate out retail from all of Apple’s revenues but you can count the stores. In 2013, there were 416 Apple Stores around the world and by the end of 2018 there were 506.
You don’t get to those volumes and this increase by sticking to your fan base. Apple Retail has changed dramatically over Ahrendts’s reign and if she’s done it with less of an obvious sledgehammer than others, she’s still done it.
Apple Stores seem to be in good hands looking forward. Here’s Ryan Jones’ short summary of O’Brien’s experience:
Meet Deirdre O’Brien, who is now in charge of retail at Apple.
- 30 YEARS at Apple
- launched original Apple Store
- launched original online store
- 20 years of product launches
- was VP of Operations
- moved to VP of People 18 mos ago
This article will probably resolve any doubts and answer all the questions you may have when it comes to using iCloud Photos. Setting up, sharing, deleting, backing up, optimizing device storage, cellular usage, and more! (via Michael Tsai)