The days when you could give the annoying guy at the bar a fake phone number may be over, thanks to Apple.
A new feature announced by technology giant NameDrop makes sharing your contact information with someone as easy as tapping your iPhones together.
A Bluetooth connection between the two devices calls for NameDrop – eliminating the need to enter their details manually, saving time.
However, iPhone users are concerned that it will become more difficult for them to trump someone with fake data in a tricky situation, such as a “creep” in a nightclub.
iPhone users took to Twitter to share their concerns, with one asking, “What do you call a fake number?”
NameDrop makes sharing your contact information with someone as easy as tapping your iPhones together, just like exchanging business cards
Another user posted: ‘I’m not sure I like namedrop. How do you give a creeper a fake number.’
Yet another said, “Apple is releasing NameDrop? Fam, the time of spreading false names and numbers is over.’
NameDrop — which also works between an iPhone and an Apple Watch — is part of Apple’s new iOS 17 software update, announced this week at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
However, iOS 17 won’t be released until the fall to coincide with the tech giant’s next smartphone, the iPhone 15.
Apple has released a short animation showing how the NameDrop feature works between two iPhone users, which is a bit like exchanging business cards.
Once the two devices come together and the Bluetooth connection is established, each phone displays its ‘contact poster’ – a screen with a picture of their own face, their name and their phone number.
Users have the option to click “Share” to share their contact poster (and therefore their personal information) with the other person, or “Receive Only” if they only want to receive the other person’s contact poster.
If they both tap Share, they can see each other’s contact poster, complete with phone number and quick links to call or message them, or even start a FaceTime video call.
NameDrop can make it more difficult to trick people with fake phone numbers or email addresses
iPhone users took to Twitter to share their concerns about the new feature, with one asking, “What do you call a fake number?”
Another user said, ‘I’m not sure I like namedrop. How do you give a climbing plant a fake number’
said apple in a statement that users can “choose what specific contact information they want to share” and “what information they don’t want to share.”
However, it just works between two Apple devices, meaning you’ll still need to exchange numbers the old-fashioned way if you or the other person has an Android phone.
NameDrop is an extension of AirDrop, the existing tool released over a decade ago that allows users to share files with another Apple device nearby.
Among the other features coming with iOS 17 this fall are the new Journal app to “improve well-being,” audio and video messaging for FaceTime, and Live Voicemail, which lets users see real-time transcription when someone leaves a voicemail.
Apple also announced one new 15-inch MacBook Air with a 15.3-inch display powered by an Apple-designed M2 processor chip, starting at $1,299.
But by far the most hyped announcement was Vision Pro, the company’s first-ever augmented reality headset, lets wearers choose apps with their eyes.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the unveiling that this is the first Apple product “you look forward to and not to,” ushering in a new era of “spatial computing.”
While wearing the headset, users select content in the glasses with their eyes, tap their fingers together to click, and swipe gently to scroll.
And a feature built into the headset called EyeSight lets people in the room see your eyes, unlike Meta’s Quest devices, which have an opaque visor.
Vision Pro will retail in the US from next year starting at a whopping $3,499, which equates to £2,800 – though Apple has yet to announce availability in the UK.
Apple unveiled its long-rumored augmented reality headset on Monday. Vision Pro has a large screen that lies over the eyes and does not require any controllers. A feature built into the headset called EyeSight lets people in the room see your eyes, unlike Meta’s Quest devices, which have an opaque visor
What do experts think of Apple’s $3,000 Vision Pro headset?
After months of rumors, Apple unveiled its “Vision Pro” augmented reality headset on Monday, the first day of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
The headset allows users to merge the real world with a digital world where they navigate with their eyes, voice and hands – without the need for controllers.
Analysts seemed skeptical about Apple’s reasons for making the device, though many seemed impressed with aspects of the technology.
Leo Gebbylead analyst of connected devices at CCS Insight, said: “The Vision Pro headset is Apple’s boldest new product in years, and some suggest this is Tim Cook’s own ‘iPhone moment.’
“This brings the company into an entirely new market where other companies have struggled to turn futuristic concepts into reality and offer an exciting and innovative product.
Apple has already claimed that the Vision Pro is “the most advanced personal electronic device ever” and will now have to work hard to substantiate this claim.
The Vision Pro is luxuriously built, as would be expected with its premium price tag, and its 3D-shaped laminated glass and aluminum chassis is certainly eye-catching.
“We predict Apple’s entry into the spatial computing market will improve the fortunes of all players, but the Vision Pro is still far from being a mass-market offering given its price tag.”
Paolo Pescatoreanalyst at PP Foresight, said, “Make no mistake, this is a wow moment for the company and the consumer electronics industry.
“Today is Apple’s biggest launch in a while (since the Apple Watch) that will forever change the way we engage and interact with content.
Apple has big plans to revolutionize this segment, just like with the iPhone; remember this is his first outing.
“The hardware, services and experiences will evolve significantly over time to other devices.”
Dominik Angererco-founder and CEO of software company Storyblok, said: “The data shows that companies believe VR/AR is the future of content, but after so many false starts in recent years, marketers are clearly more skeptical about the technology’s potential.
The good news for Apple is that developers are very excited about building for the platform, even if they don’t know anything about it.
“The level of developer support will ultimately make or break the product