The New iOS11 Function That Could Save You From A Hostage Situation
BY Editors | Sep 28, 2017 | Technology
Earlier this month, Apple released its most recent operating system, iOS11, bringing new updates for its iPhones and iPads. The operating system introduced some cool new features, including augmented reality, a smarter Siri, and an improved messaging app. But there's one feature in particular which isn't just a clever development; it could help to save lives.
Twitter user Alfred Samuel spotted the 'Emergency SOS' option within his settings after downloading iOS11, and shared some screenshots of his phone to explain exactly what it does.
iOS 11,if you are in danger there is a new feature,press the lock button 5times in a row it gives a 3 second countdown and rings the police. pic.twitter.com/T9Wbse34ec— AlfredSamuel™ (@RealASamuel) September 24, 2017
"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," he explained.
The description of the feature in the settings menu confirms that's exactly how it works.
Image from RealASamuel
"Rapidly click the sleep/wake button five times to quickly call emergency services," the instructions read. And the extent to which this could be used to help save a person's life is incredible. Imagine if you were in a situation of violence, and you couldn't be seen to call the police but desperately needed their assistance? This function means you might subtly be able to ring for help without alerting your attacker to the fact that you were calling 999.
As one tweeter pointed out, a similar feature already exists in Samsung phones with its 'Emergency Mode'. Once this is switched on, users can simply touch the 'Emergency call' button to call the emergency services - however it's arguable that Apple's technique of pressing an external button five times in quick succession is an easier, more subtle way to connect to the emergency services, because you can do it without looking at the screen - like if your phone is in your pocket during a tense hostage situation. It could happen.
From: Cosmo UK