Live Listen Coming to AirPods in iOS 12

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple in 2014 introduced a Live Listen feature that's designed to allow the iPhone to pair with hearing aids and then serve as a remote microphone that beams the audio the iPhone picks up to the hearing aids.

    As noted by TechCrunch, Live Listen is coming to the AirPods with the iOS 12 update, letting iPhone users position their iPhones as a directional mic and have the audio relayed through the AirPods.


    With this feature, an iPhone user could, for example, put an iPhone on the table in a noisy restaurant and then have the voice of whomever is speaking routed to the AirPods as a stand-in for hearing aids for those who are hard of hearing or need a bit of extra help separating voices in a loud environment.

    Live Listen with AirPods is not going to replace a traditional hearing aid and people with hearing issues should still get a checkup from a doctor, but this feature is handy for people who need something in a pinch without carrying extra hardware.

    Article Link: Live Listen Coming to AirPods in iOS 12
  2. greg624 macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2013
    Is it available to try right now in the beta or no?
  3. mkvelidadon macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2014
  4. SqB macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    Beware of individuals “accidentally” leaving their phones near you.
  5. AManInACan macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2015
    They are likely to hear, "Hey! This is a pretty nice iPhone X that someone just left next to me. If nobody claims it I'll keep it for myself."
  6. OzarkMtn macrumors newbie


    Dec 12, 2016
    Great for late night TV viewing when you want to minimize noise and not disturb your partner.
  7. sven3 macrumors newbie


    Nov 5, 2012
    Tried it by adding the Hearing button in control center. Has a slight delay, but pretty nifty.
  8. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Literally the first thing that came to mind when I read the article :rolleyes:
  9. windywalks macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2004
    Since I'm already experiencing hearing loss due to AirPods (not exclusively)...
    So unfair. I never abuse the volume slider, while my friends listen to music so loud I can hear their blaring head and earphones and they're not losing their hearing while I have to ask the cashier twice what the bill was.
  10. JGIGS macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    Like an ex spouse during a divorce settlement. :p
  11. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    If you're an apple TV owner they already pair to it using the W1 chip, works great.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The technology in these things are awesome. Just the way the they seamlessly pair, the convenience factor of removing one Airpod which will stop or pause the music, the W1 chip, and now the ability to Live listen. If Anyone wasn’t sure about this product, it’s worth the 14 day trial.
  13. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Apple TV really needs to enable separate Audio to Wireless headphones.
  14. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Apple's focus on accessibility can't be stopped and is really putting other companies to shame. Nobody else cares this much.
  15. NachoGrande, Jun 5, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2018

    NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    Looking out for future customers. Way to go Apple.
  16. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Jose and Berkeley, CA
    Maybe I'll finally buy some then. I don't have hearing loss, but it's so noisy in every restaurant in this city that I can't hear anyone talk, mainly cause they all play obnoxious music.
  17. -Garry- macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    How did it work?

    I put my AirPods in, press the hearing button and get a screen which just says Garry’s AirPods 100% but nothing happens and there doesn’t appear to be anything else to tap.
  18. AppleMad98004 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2011
    Cylde Hill, WA
    Yup that guy in the coffee shop across from you isn't listening to music on his AirPods he is picking up your conversation.
  19. Janschi macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2013
    Same here
  20. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    This is a cool feature, but I imagine that most people that need it will already have a hearing aid anyway. Good for Apple for caring though.
  21. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    You've been able to listen through Bluetooth headphones since the Apple TV 4 came out in 2015.
  22. -Garry- macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    Figured it out. Play some Audio first, through your AirPods, then tap the Hearing button in Control Centre. You'll get a Live Listening button underneath.
  23. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's interesting that we might be at a point where people will be sitting at a table with headphones on talking to each other, while from the outside it looks like they are doing the opposite of that essentially given that they would be wearing headphones.
  24. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Well hopefully they've found a way to increase the battery life. Using it in hearing aid mode would probably drain the battery pretty quickly.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 5, 2018 ---
    Wonder when they'll let us stream to more than one pair of AirPods at a time? It would sure be nice to share a program or music with someone else at the same time.
  25. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    We’ve been able to do this with the Apple TV since 2015. One of my favourite features when the 4th gen Apple TV launched; I use it quite often.

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