Last week, Apple revealed that it had disabled the Walkie-Talkie feature on Apple Watch because of an exploit that might have secretly canceled someone. With the release of watchOS 5.3 and iOS 12.4 today, Apple has restored the Walkie-Talkie functionality for Apple Watch.
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WatchOS 5.3 release notes say the update "provides important security updates, including a repair for the Walkie-Talkie app." The solution is also mentioned in the release notes for iOS 12.4, with Apple saying the update "contains one security update for the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and re-activating the Walkie-Talkie functionality. Apple also noted that it did not believe that anyone exploited the exploitation while in nature.
Accurate details of watchOS Walkie-Talkie vulnerability are still unclear. Apple has just said that it would have required a certain sequence of events to take place for someone to discover the error.
Walkie-Talkie was added to the original watchOS release 5 last year. The feature lets you easily communicate with other Apple Watch users, using push-to-talk as a classic walkie-talkie.
watchOS 5.3 and iOS 12.4 available today for Apple Watch users.
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