Earlier in September, Apple released iOS11, its newest operating system, offering new updates for its iPhones and iPads. The operating system launched some cool new features, including a smarter Siri, an improved messaging app, and augmented reality. However, there is one feature in particular which is not just a clever development as it could help save lives.
Alfred Samuel, a twitter user, found the ‘Emergency SOS’ option within his settings after downloading the iOS11 and shared some screenshots of his phone to describe exactly what it does.
‘If you are in danger there is a new feature, press the lock button 5 times in a row it gives a 3-second countdown and rings the police,’ Samuel explained.
The feature’s description of in the settings menu verifies that it is precisely how it works.
‘Rapidly click the sleep/wake button five times to quickly call emergency services,’ read the instructions. And the extent to which feature could be used to help save a person’s life is amazing. Just imagine if you were in a violent situation, and you could not be able to call the police but hopelessly needed their assistance? This function means that you might subtly be able to call for help without warning your attacker that you were calling 999.
However, a similar feature already exists in Samsung phones with its ‘Emergency Mode,’ one tweeter user pointed out,
Once this is turned on, users can call the emergency services by just simply touching the ‘Emergency call’ button – however it is arguable that the tech giant’s technique of pressing an external button five times in quick succession is an easier, more ingenious way to connect to the emergency services, because you can do it without having to look at the screen.
The main thing, though, is that these kinds of features now exist on phones, and if they aim to help even one person in a time of need, then they are a function that is well worth developing.