AirPods and Snooping?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by pcrchicago, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. pcrchicago macrumors newbie

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    I've tried search but can't seem to find if anyone has any insight into this... Since it looks like AirPods or W1-enabled Beats headphones will automatically pop up a pairing notification with any nearby iPhone, does this mean that the person sitting next to you on an airplane or on a bus/subway (in tight spaces) will see a pairing notification for my AirPods on their iPhone?

    With typical NFC, you have to be within a certain few inches, and this is entirely possible in an airplane seat or on a crowded bus.
     
  2. matrix07 macrumors 601

    matrix07

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    The pop up will happen only one time, and the case must be very close to the phone.. like inches.
     
  3. chemex macrumors newbie

    chemex

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    Jacksonville, FL
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    I don't believe that it's actually NFC, I believe its Bluetooth Low Energy (ble for short). I believe they said pairing is authenticated through iCloud so once you pair it with your phone it should be secure.
     

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