AirPods and Snooping?

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

  1. pcrchicago macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    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


    Jun 24, 2010
    The pop up will happen only one time, and the case must be very close to the phone.. like inches.
  3. chemex macrumors newbie


    Sep 12, 2016
    Jacksonville, FL
    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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