A serious bug in Apple's FaceTime application allows users to listen in on the people they are calling when they do not pick up the call. The only thing is, he never picked up the phone while I was listening, or knew that I could hear him. Without the recipient answering the phone, audio from the other user's phone is then streamed to the caller.
As a result of the bug, it's actually possible to listen to an ongoing FaceTime conversation without the person on the other end knowing you can hear them. After the phone begins to dial, swipe up to add another person to the call, and add your own phone number.
The feature is related to FaceTime's new group calling feature.
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Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the FaceTime flaw.
In a statement to CNET, an Apple spokesperson said, "We're aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week". I was able to get it to work on a variety of iOS devices ranging from a very new iPhone XS to a very beat-up iPhone 5, but all were running iOS 12.1 and above.
When 9to5Mac first reported on the bug, they were only able to get the microphone snooping working. In the meantime, you'll probably want to disable FaceTime and maybe sleep with your iPhone outside the bedroom for a bit.
On your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, head to Settings - FaceTime and then toggle the button right at the top to set FaceTime on or off (a green button on screen indicates FaceTime is on).