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22. Before everyone panics
Mon Nov 27, 2023, 09:40 PM
Nov 2023
Apple with iOS 17.1 and watchOS 10.1 introduced a new NameDrop feature that is designed to allow users to place Apple devices near one another to quickly exchange contact information. Sharing contact information is done with explicit user permission, but some news organizations and police departments have been spreading misinformation about how functions.

been warnings about NameDrop popping up on FaceTime. Police departments in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, and other states have been suggesting that contact information can be shared "just by bringing your phones close together." From the City of Chester Police Department in Ohio:


This is fundamentally no different than beaming your contact information to someone with your Palm Pilot, which goes back about 15 years.
Thank you. ananda Nov 2023 #1
Geez. Elessar Zappa Nov 2023 #2
Thanks. I just turned it off. yardwork Nov 2023 #3
According to Wired, it requires consent each time you "NameDrop" your contact info unblock Nov 2023 #4
My default setting was marybourg Nov 2023 #5
Exactly. "With contacts only" negates random iphones Ninga Nov 2023 #17
You have to hold the top of the phones together. edisdead Nov 2023 #6
Thanks! I don't really see the benefit for me so I turned it off. 50 Shades Of Blue Nov 2023 #7
I couldn't figure out what my work and personal phones were doing when I stacked them on top of each other one night. Mad_Machine76 Nov 2023 #8
Mating Hekate Nov 2023 #11
It wasn't iPhone sex? ArkansasDemocrat1 Nov 2023 #15
Thanks, even though it seems it defaults to contacts only... haele Nov 2023 #9
Who thought it was a good idea? OldBaldy1701E Nov 2023 #10
Although they did try a thing called "bump" which was neat technology. forgotmylogin Nov 2023 #13
What? I don't see it on my iphone 11. Cha Nov 2023 #12
Just who the fuck thought THAT was a good idea? Warpy Nov 2023 #14
I remember Android-like phones having that feature long before Apple ... Auggie Nov 2023 #16
The person already has to be one of your "contacts" before the air drop marybourg Nov 2023 #18
Thanks for this post. @Apple, it was a dumb idea to turn this feature on by default. n/t iluvtennis Nov 2023 #19
Another reason I'm glad that I have Samsung! Initech Nov 2023 #20
The phone notifies you and you have to agree to share your info. Kablooie Nov 2023 #21
Before everyone panics brooklynite Nov 2023 #22
The two phones have to be in physical contact, then... LudwigPastorius Nov 2023 #23
Police Departments and News Sites Spreading Misinformation About How iOS 17 NameDrop Feature Works usonian Nov 2023 #24
Thanks for the links info, but no worries! Now please. Just read the Wired link. The police "news" isn't really true. ancianita Nov 2023 #25
Thanks for the info. captain queeg Nov 2023 #27
Whoa! Thanks! Turned off, thank goodness! n/t KatK Nov 2023 #26
Please read the Wired article. The coppers were wrong and doing their usual dodgy fear inducement hype bollocks Celerity Nov 2023 #29
Bought a new phone last week and it carried over all my old settings even after last iOS update MistakenLamb Nov 2023 #28
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