A glitch with an Apple store employee’s iPhone SIM card has allowed his personal life to be spied on by tech bloggers.
The incident happened after the employee inserted his personal SIM card into a customer’s broken iPhone to repair it. The customer left the store with a perfectly working phone, except the customer received all of the Apple employee’s iMessages, texts and photos.
It is likely out the Apple employee forgot to remove his SIM card from the customer’s phone — meaning his texts, iMessages and photos were forwarded to the customer’s phone.
The customer gave the iPhone to her friends who work for Gizmodo, who then uncovered the story. The iPhone belongs to the customer’s young son. Gizmodo saw the Apple employee’s messages, photos, details of his love life, photos and a text containing Apple store sales numbers.
“No matter how many times we’ve reset the phone and entered our friend’s information, every incoming and outgoing iMessage meant for Wiz [the Apple employee] shows up on her child’s phone,” Gizmodo wrote. “His phone had become her son’s phone — and there was an iMessage bevy of stuff you wouldn’t want your child to see.”
It appears a person’s iPhone SIM is connected to iMessages, photos and texts. This is only a problem if SIM cards are swapped.
Check out the video above to learn more. And let us know in the comments: Should the customer or the blog have returned the phone immediately — or were they making a legitimate point that Apple needs to fix the SIM card problem?