The Bluetooth indicator in the Macbook's menu bar is indicating a connection, but does not list a connected device in the Bluetooth preferences. system_profiler SPBluetoothDataType shows it is my iPhone running services:

PAN Network Access Profile, AVRCP Device, Handsfree Gateway, Audio Source, MAP MAS-iOS, Wireless iAP, AVRCP Device, Phonebook

There is no indication of any bluetooth connection in the iphone's bluetooth menu, and i never asked it to do any of this.

What's going on? Is it possible this is malware?

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    I believe having two Apple devices on a single iCloud account kind of "pairs" them. I noticed this the other day on my Mac where it said my bluetooth mouse was paired as so was my iPhone 5s. However I don't think this is anything you should worry about.
    – Jahhein
    Sep 20, 2017 at 18:13

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it is normal.your devices won't actually use this e.g. for bt file exchange but when using services/features like continuity/handoff etc you will see they are somehow connected (transferring data).if both of your devices have the same iCloud account, then this is it.no need to worry.

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