Apple's AirPods Feature Lets You Spy On People In Other Rooms

Apple has always been known for its technological advances, but it looks like things might've gone a bit far this time as AirPods have a creepy way of letting you spy on people.

A new feature, introduced with iOS 12, called Live Listen allows you to use your iPhone as a directional mic.

What's being spoken into your phone is directly transmitted to the AirPods from distances up to 50 feet away.

With Live Listen, users can really concentrate in on the audio that may be too quiet or lost in a noisy environment.

It doesn't just work on the iPhone, but on Apple Watches too - so if you happened to 'leave' it in a room who knows what could be picked up.

People who've cottoned on to the feature have been sharing a few of their concerns about all its possibilities on social media.

Live Listen Lets You Eavesdrop On People. Credit: Apple
Live Listen Lets You Eavesdrop On People. Credit: Apple

On person posted: "AirPods can Live Listen now. SMH! Men about to be caught lol."

Another said: "Just wait till all these new AirPod kids figure out 'Live Listen' and become amateur James Bond."

"Using Live Listen to eavesdrop on my parents arguing and make sure my name isn't dropped," a third commented on Twitter.

A fourth added: "If you got AirPods you can turn on that Live Listen thing when they're connected and leave your phone in another room & hear what people are saying lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo."

Live Listen Lets You Eavesdrop On People. Credit: Apple
Live Listen Lets You Eavesdrop On People. Credit: Apple

The feature was originally introduced back in 2014 for people with hearing difficulties and hearing aids.

It helps the hearing impaired by allowing them to place their iPhone close to a person they're having trouble hearing.

If you're not hard of hearing then the feature just amplifies your own hearing abilities.

Apple UK has been approached for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Apple

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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