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Apple to compensate boy who discovered the Facetime bug

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Apple has been the foremost-leading smartphone brand for several years now, and one of the many reasons the company has maintained its stardom position is because it pays attention to users feedback

Recently, the tech giant had a loop hole in one if its software functionality and it was tagged as factory error. The Facetime app on iPhone was vested by a bug that let you listen in on someone before they answered a call. However, Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old high school student from Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw around two weeks ago while setting up a group chat with friends playing Fortnite. His mother Michele Thompson said she repeatedly tried to contact Apple about the issue through email and social media to no avail. The company got in touch with her a week ago, once news of the bug had gone viral online, by which point it had taken Group FaceTime offline.

While the iformation was considered as relevant, it also came in at the right time, even before it created more damages especially in the society of iPhone users. The company has, however, issued a solution to the bug in its latest OS update 12.1.4 which is specifically designed to fix the facetime bug alongside other software issue.

According to a source familiar to the company, Thompson act of kindness is payable, and Apple has further confirmed that it plans to compensate the Thompson family and provide an additional gift toward the teenager’s education.

Details of the payment have not been released, though Apple does offer up to $200,000 in cash bounties as part of its bug bounty program. The company formally launched the initiative (an industry norm) in 2016 and reprtedly invited a batch of security researchers to take part in it. Luca Todesco — a 19-year-old who was hailed as the first person to jailbreak an iPhone 7 — was apparently among those who got the call. Earlier that same year, Facebook paid a $10,000 bug bounty to a 10-year-old Finnish kid who figured out a way to delete other users’ comments from Instagram’s servers. My point is that, if you ever found a loophole in any of your devices, Apple or not, do get across to the care center as you never can tell how massive you would be appreciated for making an effort.

 

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