Since the launch of Apple Watch back in 2015, Apple has added many features in its WatchOS operating system. The most talked about feature was the implementation of a Walkie Talkie App that helped users interact with each other. Recently due to software vulnerability, Apple was forced to remove the Walkie Talkie App that could be used to exploit the user’s data.
Here’s the Apple’s statement under these circumstances:
We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously. We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent. We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience.
The Walkie Talkie App was added with WatchOS 5 that offered push-to-talk calls through a tweaked form of FaceTime audio. In January, a flaw was discovered wherein group calling function allowed people to listen to calls before they were being picked up. This bug soon spiralled around all Apple Watches that caused a major setback for Apple. Although they were slow to respond to the bug, but now they seem to have full control over it by disabling the App itself.