What is Apple Airpods?
Apple officially cut the cord in 2016 and introduced us to the wireless AirPod. The iOS 12 update, which Apple released last September, added the Live Listen feature to the AirPods. Apple added Live Listen to the AirPods to help users with minor hearing issues. Unfortunately, this feature, which was not meant to enable eavesdropping, is being misused and most of users use Airpods to spy on coversation.
Here’s how Apple describes it:
“Made for iPhone hearing aids, sound processors, and now AirPods can help you have better conversations in loud places. Just turn on the Live Listen feature and move your iPhone toward the people you’re talking with. Live Listen uses the microphone to pick up what they’re saying more clearly.”
As you read, Live Listen allows the iPhone to be used as a directional microphone and the AirPods as hearing aids, in situations such as in a noisy restaurant. Actually, as it mentioned above, this feature is made for people who are hard of hearing and has nothing to do with spying. Of course, it’s not intended to be a full replacement for a hearing aid, which can cost thousands. But it would be a helpful feature for anyone who might need to hear better in a given environment.
When you activate the Live Listen, the voice of the person you want to hear is amplified in your AirPods; as if you were listening to a phone call. So you can leave the phone down next to the person who you actually want to hear. Then, you put the AirPods on and walk into the next room and you can hear the conversation. It’s easy to set up through your control centre if you have the latest iOS 12.
How does this feature work to spy?
The Live Listen feature of the AirPods is being used for anything other than its intended purpose. It is likely something that Apple does not want to happen at all.
The Live Listen feature may be used as walkie talkies. Also, it is good to cheat in schools as another person gives the answers to the AirPods-wearer which is taking a test.
The process to use Airpods to spy on someone is fairly simple. Users just have to activate the Live Listen feature, leave their iPhone near the people they want to spy on. So they can listen to the conversation from another place through their AirPods.
In order to activate this feature, users should go through these steps: First, go to the Control Center menu which is under Settings. Then, choose Customize Controls. Next, add it to Control Center by tapping the plus sign next to the Hearing icon. Turn on Hearing.
Then put your AirPods in your ears. Swipe either up or down to access the control center, and tap the ear icon. It should say “Live Listen On.” For getting clear audio in your AirPods, simply point the bottom of your iPhone at the source of the sound. You can’t get too far away from your phone, because the sound is transmitted through Bluetooth.
Also, you can use your Apple watch for the same eavesdropping purpose. In fact, it would appear much more innocent to accidentally leave a watch lying around the board room at work.
Although Apple company pay much attention to its products security like iPhone, it has vulnerabilities which provide chances for hackers. Just unlike what most of us think about the high security of Apple products, there are multiple tools for hacking its products,as iPhone, out there.