The Walkie-Talkie function of the Apple Watch has been temporarily disabled due to a security breach

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With the release of watchOS 5, Apple released an interesting feature called Walkie-Talkie, a feature that allows make use of the Apple Watch as if it were a traditional Walkie. A few months ago, Apple temporarily disabled group FaceTime calling when an error reported by a user was detected, which was initially ignored.

Now it is the turn of the Walkie-Talkie function, a function that has been temporarily disabled to fix a security issue that Apple itself has detected, or has been reported. The important thing in this case is that it does not work at the moment. According to Apple, no one has made use of this vulnerability, unless they are aware of it.

In the statement that Apple has sent to the TechCrunch medium, you can read.

We just learned of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the feature so we can quickly fix it. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore functionality as soon as possible.

Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability in front of a client and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our clients very seriously.

We have concluded that deactivating the application was the correct action, as this error could allow someone to listen through another customer's iPhone without consent. We apologize again for this matter and for the inconvenience.

Most likely the Cupertino-based company lAnce a separate update in the coming days for the Apple Watch, an application that will solve the vulnerability that has been detected and that, once again, represents a privacy problem for the users of this device.

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