Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud

Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud

Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud

Some iPhone users have had quite a shock lately, as a bug has been causing the device's voice assistant, Siri, to read out hidden lock screen notifications to nearly anyone that asks.

Even if lock screen previews are turned off, Siri will still read the content in notifications aloud from third-party email and messaging apps. By default out of the box, Apple's flagship smartphone is set to hide lock screen previews; they appear as soon as Face ID has successfully identified you, but otherwise won't be displayed to other people handling your smartphone.

That being said, this issue only seems to affect third-party apps since Siri didn't read out SMS notifications.

The one exception is Apple's own Messages app, where Siri will read them only if the phone is unlocked.

"We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update", the iPhone-maker said in a statement to MacRumors. However, we have also experienced that Apple fixes its bugs and loopholes pretty quickly, patching whatever vulnerability or exploit which is present in the operating system. With this setting enabled, lock screen notifications will remain hidden until a user authenticates with Face ID, Touch ID or passcode.

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Regardless, it's probably not something that most users are aware of, and the discovery might be particularly concerning for iPhone X owners.

But a number of websites tested the iPhones, and found that Siri would gladly read out all messages when asked.

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So far there is no sighting of this fix in the current beta of iOS 11.3.

Even with the "Show Previews" featured set to display only "When Unlocked"(Settings Notifications Show Previews), you can still ask Siri to read any hidden notifications out loud by saying "Hey Siri, read my notifications". Interestingly, Siri does ask you to unlock the iPhone X if you ask it to read the last email or last note. Apparently, this setting correctly stops Siri from reading out messages at the lockscreen. Choose the app that you don't want to show notifications and swipe its "Show on Lock Screen" toggle.

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