Apple has set the standard when it comes to smartwatches. For starters, it’s packed with tons of fun and helpful features that will keep you entertained for hours.
Beyond checking Facebook and sending emojis, the Apple Watch offers real health benefits. For example, with Apple Watch Series 4, you can take an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) directly from your wrist. It’s the first FDA-cleared ECG device offered directly to consumers over-the-counter.
But you won’t believe how the device was recently used to help save a life. It’s an amazing tale.
Innovative tech helps save life
In the wee hours of New Year’s Day, a Florida woman found herself in serious trouble. Amanda Antonio was driving along Interstate 4 around 4 a.m. when a reckless driver cut her off.
Antonio lost control of her car and ended up in a muddy, water-filled ditch after flipping her vehicle several times. The car started filling up with water. She was trapped inside and couldn’t get out.
Making matters worse, she couldn’t find her iPhone. During the crash, it flew out of its resting spot and she didn’t know where it landed.
Luckily, Antonio was wearing an Apple Watch and was quick-thinking enough to use it to find her iPhone. You see, the Apple Watch has a search feature that helps you locate your other Apple gadgets when they go missing.
By tapping the Find iPhone button on her smartwatch, Antonio was able to locate the device and call 911. Emergency services were able to dispatch police in time to get her out of the car before it completely filled with water. Later, she told a local news station that it really was a miracle and she met many angels that night, including the 911 dispatcher.
How to use your Apple Watch to find your iPhone
If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation like this one, or just can’t find your iPhone, here’s how to locate it with your Apple Watch. (Note: Your iPhone must be turned on with Bluetooth enabled for this to work.)
- Press the Digital Crown button to return to the watch face.
- Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face. You should see your iPhone at the top as “Connected.”
- Tap the Find iPhone button.
Bonus: Apple Watch Series 4 can detect A-Fib and save your life
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