'NameDrop': Dartmouth Police Warn Residents About New iOS Feature

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Dartmouth Police Department joined other towns warning against a new iOS feature.

In the most recent iOS 17 update for Apple products, a new feature was added called NameDrop that lets people share contact information just by bringing their phones close together. Dartmouth Police warned residents that this new feature “could be easily manipulated on a child’s or elderly person's phone.”

WBZ NewsRadio’s James Rojas asked residents what they think about the new feature and if it is safe for public use.

“I don’t know what the range for that is. I think it could be cool and I know you can disable it, so I think it’s an okay feature to have as long as you can disable it,” said one resident.

“More features can be a good thing and as long as you can lock them out or make sure your kids don’t have access to them I think that’s fine,” said another resident.

“I mean, I could see how parents could be concerned about what children are doing with their phones,” said one woman.

“I think that would be a really cool feature actually,” said another woman.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasMMJ) reports.

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