Apple today released the newest version of iOS to the public, with the primary goal being to fix a security-related issue with Group FaceTime.
Following the public launch of iOS 12.1.4, which patched the eavesdropping bug discovered in iOS 12.1.3 earlier this year, Apple has also switched on the Group FaceTime servers on its end. This means the feature should be up and running for individuals using supported iOS devices that update the software to the newest version, iOS 12.1.4.
However, as it was speculated previously, Apple is keeping the Group FaceTime servers off for devices that are running iOS 12.1.3 or even earlier versions of the mobile operating system. This means if you want to use Group FaceTime you will need to make sure that you update to iOS 12.1.4.
Apple also released an updated version of macOS Mojave 10.14.3 today as well, which patches the Group FaceTime bug. You will need to have this latest version of macOS Mojave installed on your supported device(s) to use the group video/audio calling feature.
Now that Group FaceTime servers are back online, and the security issue is patched, one of Apple’s best features can finally be utilized again after its temporary shutdown.