You never know when you're going to need assistance from police. The thought of having someone break into your house is downright scary.
If you find yourself in that horrible scenario, it might be difficult to call 911 emergency. Apple is trying to change that by using its innovative technology, making it easier for people to secretly contact emergency services.
Apple's next iOS update is going to contain a discreet way for you to call for an ambulance or police. The iOS 10.2 update for iPhones will be released soon and it will have an Emergency SOS feature.
How Emergency SOS works
When you rapidly click your phone's power button five times in a row, it will automatically call emergency services. It will also send messages to your emergency contacts, letting them know you have called emergency services using Emergency SOS as well as giving them your current location. You are able to add and edit your emergency contacts in the Health app.
You will have the option to turn this feature on or off. There is also a Countdown Sound option. It will play a warning sound while Emergency SOS counts down before calling 911. Your iPhone will count down from three before making the call, in case it was initiated by mistake, giving you time to cancel it.
Apple Watch users are already familiar with Emergency SOS. The feature was added to the Apple Watch previously.
The iPhone used to have another way for users to discreetly call 911 through Siri. You just had to say "charge my phone 100 percent." That voice command has subsequently been deactivated.
I know some people who don't like updating their iOS to the most recent version, fearing how it will affect their phone's functionality. Emergency SOS might be reason enough to let go of those fears.
There are also plenty of other good features expected to come with iOS 10.2. Improved music controls and a new TV app, to name a couple of them. Keep checking in with our Happening Now section and we will let you know of any updates.