Yeah, I’ve lost count.
How many of those times have you also realised you lack both the nerve to pull it off, as well as the auditory reach to remain undetected?
Well, thanks to the year 2019, you can now eavesdrop on your partner, your best friend and your boss all from an safe and inconspicuous location.
All you need is an iPhone, the latest operating system and a pair of Apple AirPods.
I can’t promise you won’t end up single, prosecuted and unemployed, but I can promise you a great time.
Originally, the humble wireless earphone was designed to stop situations like the following from interrupting your day:
Thankfully, Apple officially cut the cord in 2016 and introduced us to the wireless AirPod.
Now, they’ve gone a step further with a feature originally designed to help hearing-impaired Apple customers.
Live Listen effectively gives you super hearing by allowing you to place your iPhone close to a person or speaker you’re having trouble hearing.
It’s easy to set up through your control centre if you have the latest iOS 12.
Once you download the new operating system, and enable the Live Listen feature (which appears as an ear icon), you can then turn up the volume on your iPhone’s microphone to listen to things closely through your AirPods.
What we now know is that you can actually leave your phone in different rooms, more than 15m away, and still hear everything that’s going on.
Here we were, thinking Apple was spying on us, when really they were just road testing their prototype so we could eventually spy on each other.
What a relief!
You can also 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.
The trick has made major waves among Apple fans, with many celebrating and freaking out in equal parts.
Because as we all know: With great power, comes great responsibility.
Most people were agog at the knowledge and all the possibilities it would soon afford them.
so you leave your phone anywhere with live listen on, and you can hear everything on your AirPods ! OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG— juanito (@juapoch) December 5, 2018
using live listen to eavesdrop on my parents arguing and make sure my name isn't dropped pic.twitter.com/G20N53s7uQ— gays0n (@gays0ngaymer) November 9, 2018
Kurt predicted the youth will be the first to exploit the feature to its fullest.
Parents should probably be on the lookout for wandering smartphones and gasps from nearby rooms.
Just wait till all these new AirPod kids figure out “ live listen” and become amateur James Bond’s— Kurt (@kurtsramsey) December 27, 2018
Nicole and Lou forecast the imminent end of millions of relationships across the world, as suspicious partners slip their iPhones beneath cushions.
AirPods can live listen now. SMH ! Men about to be caught caught lol— Nicole ✨ (@TheShortest_1) January 9, 2019
Stay Woke fellas now they can eavesdrop without being in the room.— Lou 🇩🇴 (@Mr_Lou__) January 9, 2019
How to use iOS 12's Live Listen feature with AirPods | Cult of Mac https://t.co/WUxWAbCrIj
Some people simply warned that the “end of days” was coming.
Live listen for Airpods is about to ruin lives 😂— @Jason (@JASO7V) December 27, 2018
Put on your AirPods and turn on live listen. Now you can place/hide your IPhone (up to about 50 feet away) and listen in clear as day.