One of Apple’s key focuses the past few years has been privacy and security. From the iCloud hacking incident to Touch ID on iPads and iPhones, Apple has tried to make sure that their customers feel safe using their products and can be ensured privacy for the essential information placed on the most important device in our everyday lives. At WWDC 2016, Apple introduced a group of new features coming to the Apple Watch in the upcoming update called watchOS 3. But probably one of the most overlooked features coming to the Apple Watch is one-touch SOS.
On the iPhone, it is fairly simple to make an emergency call form the lock screen without having to unlock the phone itself. You simply swipe right and press the emergency call button. One of the downsides of this is that you need to know the emergency number for the certain region or country you are in. On the Apple Watch with the new watchOS 3 update, you simply press and hold the side button under the Digital Crown to activate the emergency call. The Watch will automatically dial the emergency number based on your location. It will send your location to the number that is dialed. It will also automatically notify assigned contacts that you are in need of help and provide your location.
The only downside to this is that you have to be connected to your iPhone through Bluetooth or connected to Wifi. This feature will work all over the world and will come with every Apple Watch updated to watchOS 3. watchOS 3 and iOS 10 are set to be released this fall. You can sign up for a beta release. Beta testers will be sent the download this upcoming July.
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