Apple once again is struggling with a software bug. It concerns the walkie-talkie function of the Apple Watch, which was therefore deactivated for the time being. The app will still be able to be found on the watch, but will not be able to connect to contacts. An error message or an indication does not show the app. The reason for the deactivation is a bug that allows the iPhone to listen to a contact connected to the walkie-talkie app. The system status page from Apple shows that the service is currently unavailable.
Apple confirmed the software gap to the technology portal “TechCrunch” and said in a statement that they are already working on a solution to the problem. You apologize for the inconvenience and will restore the function as soon as possible. However, Apple is so far no known incident in which the vulnerability would have been exploited.
The walkie-talkie app on the Apple Watch allows users to communicate with short voice messages, just like the eponymous radio. The app was released in the fall with the current version of the operating system watchOS 5 and requires at least one Apple Watch Series 1, which was sold from 2016.
The case is reminiscent of a similar software bug in the FaceTime app. In January, Apple disabled the ability to make video group calls for a few weeks as it might have been possible to eavesdrop on users before they answered.