A useful feature of Apple’s wireless AirPods, designed to help hearing impaired, can also be used to engage in eavesdropping - and people are losing it!
The featureLive 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.
However, as some users have pointed out onReddit and Twitter, Live Listen also means Apple users can listen to conversations going on in another room - as long as their iPhone is in the room, they have their AirPods in and Live Listen is turned on.
Once on, the sensitivity of the microphone can be modified to pick up more or less sound.
On Twitter, where the previously little-known feature has gone viral, people are suggesting it will be a game-changer when it comes to eavesdropping.