Creepy little-known Apple AirPods feature allows people to spy on you
If you’ve ever wanted to channel your inner James Bond and try your hand at a spot of spying, it appears Apple has accidentally come up with a way for you to do just that.
And honestly, it’s a little bit creepy.
It turns out, if you’ve got an iPhone, a pair of Apple AirPods and are using the latest operating system, then you possess all you need to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations.
All you have to do is set up Live Listen in your settings and turn up the volume on the phone’s microphone and you’ll be good to go.
The Live Listen feature on iOS 12 was originally designed by the tech giants to help those who are hard of hearing get the most out of their Apple devices.
However some sneaky people have realised that it does a whole lot more than that.
According to news.com.au those who use Live Listen can leave their phone in different locations around their house and be able to hear everything that’s going on through the AirPods.
Reportedly this works up to a distance of around 15m away.
As well as using a phone, tech lovers with an Apple Watch are also able to access the bizarre eavesdropping feature, by leaving their watch lying around.
Many people who have made the Live Listen discovery have taken to social media to share how disturbed they are by the feature.
One person on Twitter said: "Oh dear, I hope Apple do something about this Live Listen feature being able to eavesdrop soon!"
Another commented: "Apple is definitely being messy with the Live Listen feature."
A third added: "The only conclusion I can draw from this Live Listen thing is that Apple is the feds."
"Apple really trying to ruin relationships with the Live Listen feature," said a fouth.
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