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Demystifying iOS 17’s NameDrop: Facts vs Myths
In the wake of the latest iOS 17.1 update, a wave of misinformation has spread about the new NameDrop feature. This guide aims to clear the air, separating fact from fiction.
What is NameDrop?
NameDrop, introduced in iOS 17.1 and watchOS 10.1, is a feature designed for easy exchange of contact information between Apple devices placed near each other.
Misinformation and Reality
Contrary to claims by some police departments and news organizations, NameDrop requires explicit user permission to share contact info. It’s not just about bringing phones close together.
Fact Check: For an exchange to occur, both devices must be close (almost touching), unlocked, and a user-initiated prompt must be accepted. Accidental sharing is unlikely unless these conditions are met.
Public Reaction and Clarifications
Despite widespread sharing of misinformation, some departments have clarified the need for a sharing prompt, emphasizing the importance of understanding new technology.
Turning Off NameDrop
For those concerned, disabling NameDrop is simple: Go to Settings > AirDrop > Turn off “Bringing Devices Together”.
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