Apple iPhone Update to Add Hidden Feature to Summon Help in an Emergency

By Paul Riegler on 9 November 2016
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The next version of Apple iOS 10 will include a new emergency calling feature that allows the phone’s user to discretely summon police or an ambulance.

By pressing the power button five times, the phone will call the local emergency services number and alert a designated emergency contact, sending that person the user’s current location.

The Emergency SOS feature, which can be turned off in the iPhone’s settings menu, will start a countdown timer to allow users to cancel an accidental activation. It will also have an optional Countdown Sound which some users may wish to turn off since it would, in some situations, also alert the bad guys to the call. The Countdown Sound will also play when the device is in silent mode.

The Apple Watch already gained an SOS feature in the last update (press the side button for three seconds to generate an emergency call) and the new feature will work in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Depending on the user’s location, the phone will call the local emergency number, for example 112 in most of Europe, 911 in the United States, and 999 in the United Kingdom.

Other changes provided in the update include new emojis, new wall paper, new Music sorting options, the ability to preserve camera settings, and a new TV app that recommends television content to watch.

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