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Creepy iPhone 4 FaceTime Glitch Mysteriously Taking User’s Photos

Written on April 07, 2011 by R. Cruise

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A number of iPhone 4 users are complaining that their Apple smartphones seem to be taking photos of them without their consent, and then displaying these strangely taken photos during FaceTime.

The users are reporting these incidents in an support forum, saying that of them taken by the 4’s front facing camera (which they did not snapped themselves) are suddenly displayed on their phone screens during calls. People have reported the issue on both iOS 4.3 and iOS 4.3.1.

According to a post by a user called ‘kar0786’, she and her boyfriend have experienced the glitch several times already, and is already creeping them out.

“My boyfriend and I have both experienced this problem several times – when one of us is calling the other via FaceTime, an old picture freezes on our screen, while the person receiving the call only sees a black screen,” kar0786 wrote.

“It’s kind of creepy, because it brought up photos of both of us at work, where I have used FaceTime a few times but he never has. We’re just wondering how/why this is happening, and if there is a fix. It’s not terribly inconvenient, but it’s definitely unsettling, where is seems that even if we haven’t taken a picture or used FaceTime, the camera is keeping images,” she added.

Another user reported on the forum “I have a dashboard mount for my phone. I had left the phone in the car when I ran in to get my sandwich. This was at a strip mall that I had never visited before and never connected to any WiFi. I parked in the middle of the lot, about 75ft from the doors to Subway. Ran it, got my food, hopped back in the car. I hit the button to see if anyone called me (no one did) and drove off. After I got in to where I was working and ate my sandwich, I tried to use FaceTime and saw a frozen image of me in the car from 20-30 minutes prior!”

The cause of this glitch has not been determined, though an Apple advises that restoring the ’s factory settings might help resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, Apple is launching update in two weeks. Hopefully, the upgrade is aimed at fixing the glitch.

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