The iOS 12 won recently a new feature to help users of the wireless headset AirPods. But behind the novelty, was also discovered a major problem involving privacy issues.
Apple recently launched the Live Listen tool on its mobile operating system. It allows the user to listen to people without having to remove their headsets. The feature syncs the iPhone’s microphone to capture the person’s sound by talking to the user and transmitting it to the AirPods.
In theory, the resource is functional in cases such as meetings or lectures, for example. Even in a crowded room or noisy environment, the user just needs to leave the iPhone close to the caller to be able to hear it clearly.
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Despite the benefits, however, Live Listen has also raised concerns about spying. After all, the new feature can turn wireless headsets into mobile listeners that work via Bluetooth.
The feature can be used to pry or listen to other people’s conversations. To do this, just leave the smartphone near the desired location and activate Live Listen. “People can easily leave their iPhones in the room to spy on their partner, boss or anyone they want to hear without the victim knowing about it“, exemplifies the MSPowerUser website.
So far, Apple has not commented officially on the case. But the update has turned the AirPods into a “spy tool” by making fun of social networks and worrying about privacy and security experts. With such update, it should not be long before we have some news coming from the company on the subject.