Apple is a security-centric company, but sometimes a bug or other issue will crop up that might leave a gaping hole in the hull.
That is the case right now in relation to Siri and reading hidden notifications out loud. The issue was first discovered by Mac Magazine earlier this week. The security bug relates to Siri and the fact that the digital personal assistant will read out hidden notifications from third-party messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype, and others, even if the phone is still locked.
As noted in the original report, the exception to this situation is Apple’s stock Messages app. If the iPhone is locked, and the messages are hidden, then Siri will not read them aloud unless the phone is unlocked, either via the PIN entry, Face ID, or Touch ID. Unfortunately, that is not the case with third-party messaging apps, which is a security concern.
However, as reported today by MacRumors, and based on a statement provided by Apple, the company is well aware of the situation and plans on fixing the problem in an “upcoming software update”.
Here’s the statement from Apple:
“We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update.”
Unfortunately, there is no additional information available, so when exactly Apple plans on fixing the problem remains unknown. It will more than likely be fixed soon, though, considering how high-profile the issue has become.
If you want to have a quick workaround for the problem, you can either turn off Siri on the lock screen altogether by going into Settings –> Siri & Search –> Allow Siri When Locked. Or, you can turn off lock screen notifications for some apps, including the third-party messaging apps, by going into Settings –> Notifications and then selecting the apps you don’t want to show on the lock screen.
This is an annoying bug for sure, and it’s good that Apple is at least aware of it. It will be even better if the company can release a software update to alleviate the problem sooner rather than later. Will we see it introduced with the public launch of iOS 11.3, which is expected to arrive soon? Fingers crossed, but it might be a minor update after that.