Future AirPods may ID wearer and tailor features to protect owner's privacy
Whatever the reason, there can be times when the AirPods - or any other future Apple headphones - are being used by someone other than their owner.
"For example, first movement information corresponding to movement of a second electronic device is detected," says Apple.
"Second movement information corresponding to movement of a third electronic device is detected."
"A similarity score is determined based on the first movement information and the second movement information," it continues.
So if the three devices — AirPods, Apple Watch, iPhone — are not far apart, it's again likely that it's the owner who is using them.
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