Whenever you give iPhone apps permission to access your camera, the app can surreptitiously take pictures and videos of you as long as the app is in the foreground.
Apparently if a random app asks you for permission to access your camera it will take photos and videos even if you are unaware of it.
Felix Krause, who recently warned of the danger of malicious iPhone password popups, wrote a blog post as a sort of PSA for iPhone users. Krause created a test app as a proof-of-concept.
"It's something most people have no idea about, as they think the camera is only being used if they see the camera content or a LED is blinking", Krause told Motherboard.
Motherboard went out of its way to point out that it was a feature not a bug and that Krause currently works at Google and so this is probably an evil plot by the makers of Android to run down their favourite, super cool, iPhone.
However the Motherboard writer Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai had to admit that Krause’s created a custom app called "watch.user" when installed on his beloved iPhone took pictures of him while he was simply scrolling through it, and it was even running a hidden facial recognition engine.
“Again, this is not a bug or something you should be too worried about. But it's good to be aware of how much power you're giving apps when you grant them access to your iPhone's cameras”, Franceschi-Bicchierai reassured his fellow Apple fanboys for the third time in a single story.