You certainly remember the huge controversy that hit Cupertino last January, when a teenager discovered a serious flaw in FaceTime which allowed a user to hear the contact they were calling before the person on the other end answered (or rejected) the call.
The case caused Apple to temporarily disable group calls from the service (which were the basis of the problem) and, of course, brought several cases to the company of people or groups who felt injured or harmed in any way. Now, as Mark Gurman, from Bloomberg, the first of these lawsuits has already been completed – with Apple’s victory.
The lawsuit in question, brought by lawyer Larry Williams II, was motivated by the allegation that an unknown person would have heard the testimony of a client of the professional due to the failure. The Houston (Texas) court, however, dismissed Williams’ charges as invalid, saying that FaceTime’s vulnerability would not be “irrationally dangerous”, as the lawyer said.
In addition, the court also considered that the evidence presented by Williams was not sufficient to prove that Apple knew of the defect, as claimed by the lawyer, and therefore could not represent a case of negligence on the part of the Cupertino company.
The outcome of the lawsuit is certainly a relieved breath at Apple Park, since with that precedent, other actions of this type are likely to have similar purposes. Since Apple quickly fixed the problem – iOS 12.1.4 already came with the bug fix in February – it is unlikely that we will see the company losing sleep over other such processes in the future.