iOS users complain iPhone is taking secret pictures

New risk for mobile OS Gartner predicts will be a core part of corporate IT


Despite the rush of new products from other tab vendors – not to mention increasingly large-screened and sophisticated smartphones – Apple's iPad will continue to be the leading tablet for the foreseeable future, according to a Gartner study released today.

Apple's iPad and iOS will make up 69 percent of the tablet market this year, lose market share to Android and other new competitors, but continue to hold 47 percent of the market by 2015, the report said.

Tablets running Google's Android will make up 20 percent of the market this year and almost double to 39 percent by 2015.

Which at least gives you some options if large chunks of your workforce are committed to getting their hands on an iPad2, don't realize the OS on the iPad is essentially the same as on the iPhone, and didn't see the story saying some iPhone 4s with front-facing cameras were taking pictures of their owners without permission.

According to Apple Forum discussions, the glitch usually happens when the iPhone is sending or receiving a FaceTime video-conferencing request.

Rather than just wait until the connection is made, the camera snaps a still picture and stores it.

Since the owner isn't always holding the phone when FaceTime requests come in, they're not always fully prepared for public viewing when the photos are taken.

That could be a really expensive feature for companies who buy or maintain iPhones for end users, considering the $600,000 it cost a Pennsylvania high school to settle a lawsuit after students discovered their school-supplied laptops were taking webcam shots of them on the sly as part of a surveillance and security program set up by the school.

It could also be a major security problem, considering the problems iOS has had with SMS flaws that would allow attackers to use text messages to crash and then take over an iPhone, and security-bypassing back-door codes built into at least some iPhones.

The degree of insecurity probably isn't much worse than the condition laptops were in five or 10 years ago, or where Android is now.

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