Sketchy rumor suggests native audio call recording is coming to iOS 14 [u]

Posted:
in General Discussion edited June 2020
Apple's upcoming iOS 14 may gain native support for recording phone and audio FaceTime calls, according to a highly questionable image allegedly scraped from an early version of the software update.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple


An image of a settings pane for the supposed iOS 14 feature was apparently obtained by the jailbreaking community through a leak and sent to Chinese-language site ITHome.

According to the image, flipping a switch under the new settings pane will enable automatic recording of "all incoming and outgoing calls on this device." The settings panel also notes that users should notify all parties on the audio call before they begin recordings. That's likely because it's illegal in some regions to record another person without consent.

The alleged leaked image of the settings interface. Credit: ITHome
The alleged leaked image of the settings interface. Credit: ITHome


AppleInsider is unable to verify the authenticity of the image, though there are some aspects of the screenshot that suggest it may have been faked. The letter "t" in "FaceTime," for example, isn't capitalized as it should be. Further, the text in the settings panel is inconsistent and swaps between calling the feature "recording" and "audio logging." Apple, on the other hand, is very particular in naming references to new features in system text.

The highly questionable screenshot arrives after an early engineering version of iOS 14, apparently sourced from Apple's supply chain, began circulating the jailbreaking community in February.

That leaked version of iOS 14 has revealed a number of new features, including an augmented reality commerce app, a built-in translator for Safari and details about a new "CarKey" API.

Apple is widely expected to debut iOS 14 at its virtual WWDC 2020 conference, which kicks off on June 22.

Update: In a Twitter comment, leaker @choco_bit said that the settings page was pulled from an internal iOS build not meant for production, and added a few additional details about the leaked internal builds.

An example pulled from one of these amalgamated builds pic.twitter.com/PAE9K5FdSA

— Fudge (@choco_bit)

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    FatmanFatman Posts: 513member
    What’s desperately needed is native voicemail recording and management. C’mon Tim Cook ... not the crappy limited options dictated by the telcos.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    Really doubt this would happen from Apple due to the potential lawsuits and risk of regulation from the Feds.
  • Reply 3 of 10
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,365member
    I doubt this is a feature that will make it to actual user-facing stage anytime soon. First there is the practical ramifications (audio recordings of every call would fill up your local or iCloud storage very quickly), and then there are the legal ramifications (laws vary quite significantly from one state/province/country to another, and indeed this feature might well inspire new legislation).

    It would certainly make journalists' lives a lot easier, but what would really be a cool feature would be an option to transcribe audio calls (preferably on-device).
  • Reply 4 of 10
    Apart from the legal ramifications, Apple's own privacy stand makes it unlikely that they will allow such a feature, without some mechanism to get the consent of the other party.
    mpw_amherst
  • Reply 5 of 10
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 755member
    I could see Apple offering this as an option with a muted beep every five seconds or so. This is how call centers can get away with not indicating that the call is being recorded because the beeps signify this.
    sellerington
  • Reply 6 of 10
    How about Siri announcing “this call is being recorded” whenever this feature is enabled? I’m sure this feature would be of use to many people to record important calls.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,996member
    chasm said:
    I doubt this is a feature that will make it to actual user-facing stage anytime soon. First there is the practical ramifications (audio recordings of every call would fill up your local or iCloud storage very quickly), and then there are the legal ramifications (laws vary quite significantly from one state/province/country to another, and indeed this feature might well inspire new legislation).

    It would certainly make journalists' lives a lot easier, but what would really be a cool feature would be an option to transcribe audio calls (preferably on-device).
    Yes on all of the above. For no reason in particular, I recorded the "This call may be recorded for" whatever the reason was - training, quality assurance blah blah. Putting it on my answering machine, I received a lot of hangups, probably because of that.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,311member
    It’s not coming.  It’s for development and debugging  only.  

    https://www.cultofmac.com/713708/ios-14-call-recording-internal-feature/

  • Reply 9 of 10
    toysandmetoysandme Posts: 243member
    Use the cheap JUST PRESS RECORD app on your watch and use the speakerphone on your iPhone to record everything. 
  • Reply 10 of 10
    toysandme said:
    Use the cheap JUST PRESS RECORD app on your watch and use the speakerphone on your iPhone to record everything. 
    There are various workarounds but a native feature would be so much more useful. Maybe it was initially for internal development but once it’s been tested it would a good feature to offer to customers.
Sign In or Register to comment.