iPhone 4 front camera has its eyes on you

By on April 7, 2011
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Users at the Apple forums are claiming that iPhone 4′s front camera is clicking pictures randomly and automatically.

Looks like Apple is about to face a barrage of freshly printed lawsuits following recent claims by iPhone 4 users that the device’s front camera is taking pictures of themselves randomly and automatically when using FaceTime.

A user at the Apple support forums, called “kar0786″, claims that on several occasions, she found pictures of herself on the device seemingly clicked when she was chatting on FaceTime. Her boyfriend also experienced the same problem.

”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 said.

Following that, multiple users confirmed the issue saying that they too were experiencing the strange phenomena.

‘My Bf and I both have the [iPhone] 4 but I have the newest OS update and he doesn’t. I am the only one whose phone does this. I will try to facetime him and a “picture” of my from the last facetime call I made shows up and sometimes it does it several times in a row,” wrote maddad.

A user called Detroit313 also claimed that the phone was clicking pictures even while not using FaceTime.

”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…Ran [to] 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!” they said.

It isn’t clear, or not yet found, that if these pictures were being “shared” somewhere. Apple has yet to comment on the matter.

While they do and offer a round-fix, we recommend users to keep an eye on the photo album just in case you have been clicked.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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