Apple rewards 14-year-old who discovered the FaceTime bug

February 10, 2019 • General

Apple rewards the 14-year-old who discovered the FaceTime bug

Grant Thompson, the 14-year-old who discovered the FaceTime bug

After deploying a fix for its notorious FaceTime bug, Apple is compensating the boy who discovered it in the first place.

A 14-year-old high school student named Grant Thompson from Tucson, Arizona was the first to pick up on the FaceTime bug. Thompson discovered that he could basically pick up a friend’s phone by dialling one person in FaceTime, swiping up, and dialling someone else before the first person even answered the call. Thompson told his mother about the discovery and it took her over a week to get into contact with the company.

Thompson, alongside Daven Morris from Arlington, Texas, is formally credited in Apple’s release notes for the latest iPhone software update. In addition, Apple is compensating Thompson with an undisclosed amount and will also make a contribution to his education.

Apple has since rolled out software updates to fix the problem and, according to Reuters, is looking into making it easier for users to report these kinds of problems. These updates are aimed at iOS 12 and MacOS 10.14 and should be installed ASAP.

On your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. General
  3. Software Update
  4. Tap Download and Install.

On your Mac:

  1. Go to Apple
  2. About This Mac
  3. Software Update
  4. Install

By Daniëlle Kruger
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