A new feature has appeared since Apple's latest update, and several iPhone and Apple Watch owners should be aware!
The feature in question, called 'NameDrop', is automatically activated on devices that have downloaded the IOS 17.1 and watchOS 10.1 updates.
As the company indicated on its website, the feature activates as soon as two devices are within a few centimeters: 'You can use NameDrop to quickly share coordinates with a nearby iPhone or Apple Watch.'
Authorities wasted no time in reacting to this new feature, including the Longwood police in Florida, who strongly suggested that the population use this feature with caution: 'This feature [...] could unknowingly share your contact information with others.'
However, it is important to note that the 'NameDrop' function requires the user's consent for coordinate sharing to occur.
For those who prefer to be cautious and simply disable the feature, you must go to settings, then select 'general' and 'AirDrop' before unchecking the 'Device Proximity' sharing mode.
Finally, the Longwood police provided one last advice to parents by stating: 'Don't forget to modify these settings on your child's phone to ensure their safety as well.'