A useful feature of Apple’s wireless AirPods, designed to help hearing impaired, can also be used to engage in eavesdropping – and people’s reactions are mixed.
The feature Live Listen was released with iOS 12, and according to Apple, can be used with AirPods to turn your iPhone iPad, or iPod touch into a microphone – which can then send sound to your AirPods.
“Live Listen can help you hear a conversation in a noisy area or even hear someone speaking across the room,” the website states.
But this useful tool to help the hearing impaired can also make use for creeps everywhere who want to just eaves drop on conversations.
Anyone using the tool can simply turn up the volume on their iPhone’s microphone to listen to through AirPods. The iPhone microphone will beam whatever is said to a trickster in a different room, up to 15 meters away.
Eavesdroppers can also use an Apple Watch to spy on people, leaving the watch in a room with someone whom they want to listen in on.