IPHONES have a lesser known feature called Live Listen that could technically turn them into snooping devices.
When used with AirPods, Live Listen could let someone leave their iPhone in a room and listen to the conversations had in there from nearby.
Apple’s Live Listen feature could be used to eavesdropCredit: Apple
The feature is actually supposed to be used to help people hear conversations in a noisy environment or assist people who are hard of hearing.
Apple says: “With Live Listen, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch can act like a microphone that sends sound to your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro, or Beats Fit Pro.
“Live Listen can help you hear a conversation in a noisy area or even hear someone speaking across the room.”
How to use Live Listen on iPhone
Make sure your AirPods are paired with your device and put them in your ears.
You’ll need to add Live Listen to your Control Center.
Go to Settings and then click “Control Center”.
Scroll down and click the plus button next to ‘Hearing’.
Check your Control Center first as you may already have the feature there.
Then, open your Control Center again and touch the Hearing button that is represented by an ear symbol.
Then click “Live Listen” and leave your iPhone in front of the person or device you’re trying to hear more clearly.
You can adjust the volume on your device if you still can’t hear.
Although this feature was definitely not supposed to be used for snooping, experts and Apple fans have previously raised concerns that it might be misused.
It could technically let someone leave an iPhone in a room and eavesdrop from nearby as long as their AirPods are still connected.
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