Your iPhone May Be Taking Pictures Of You (And You Don’t Even Know It!)

Next time you walk around the house naked swinging your Yodongo thinking that you are all alone, think again. Some iPhone 4 users over at Apple’s forum are reporting that a bug in the iPhone 4‘s front facing camera is inadvertently snapping photos without their knowledge or initiation!

The problem was originally reported by a woman who claimed that she and her boyfriend were both experienced the problem several times. It happened when one of them called the other via FaceTime, an old picture (that they never took) would freeze on one person’s screen, while the other person (usually the receiver) would only see a black screen.

Another user is reporting that he kept the iphone on his car’s dashboard, went out to get a sandwich, came back, ate the sandwich and then checked his phone to see if anyone had called, and drove off. Then when he tried to use FaceTime, he saw a photo of himself in the car (while getting the sandwich) that was from 30 minutes ago!

Ahh Time To Take Some Naked Pictures!

While some users are speculating that the FaceTime application is responsible for this, others are reporting the issue despite not using FaceTime during the period that the rogue photos were taken.

A video also appeared on youtube yesterday that tried to recreate the bug. In it, the iPhone 4 shows a still image of the user after he starts up a FaceTime call using his iphone 4.

Apple did not respond to our request for comment on this alleged bug. I was also not able to replicate the glitch after several attempts on my iOS 4.3.1 device (the versions of the operating system that allegedly has this creepy bug).

Elsewhere, macdaddynews is dismissing all the allegations claiming that this is an April Fool’s joke.

There is just 1 small problem with that. The issue was first reported March 22nd, 2011, 10 full days before April 1st!

[ related: discussion on this bug at hacker news. photo credit: flickr / sionfullana ]

 

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