Apple has recently rolled out the WatchOS 4 and iOS 11 OS. These updates include the “Emergency SOS” feature. Pressing the crown button sends Apple Watch emergency SOS alerts. Its purpose is to help a user when he’s either in danger or in an emergency and needs help. The feature, of course, is life-saving.
However, for the last few days, the Apple Watches are being accused of accidentally sending emergency SOS alerts to the police, on its own. It’s noticed to happen more frequently when it is worn or used in a wrong way.
The Verge, in their Sunday edition, has written about such an incident,“If you sleep on your Apple Watch the wrong way, you might get a wake-up call from the police.”
That’s what happened to Jason Rowley, who tweeted about the incident earlier this week. It’s a problem for iPhones too, since the same alert can be triggered through the side button. Using his watch as a sleep tracker, he ended up holding the crown button to trigger an emergency call to the police, who showed up in his bedroom at 1 a.m.”
Public service announcement: If you sleep with an Apple Watch on, consider turning off the Emergency SOS feature, or you too may wake up to 3 cops in your bedroom at 1 AM.
— Jason D. Rowley (@Jason_Rowley) March 16, 2018
The interesting part was that the man later said that the behavior of the police was friendly and helpful and the officer seemed to be quite “accustomed to WatchOS misdials”.
Similar Apple Watch misdial accusations from many more Apple users can easily be found on Twitter.
Apple Watch really needs a ‘I’m changing bands please don’t trigger emergency SOS or password wipe’ mode. – Colin Weir
George Edmunds definitely didn’t seem much happy either while writing, “Pissed off getting home last night and somehow pressed emergency SOS on my phone and fell asleep woke up to loads of calls my sister thought I fell in the snow and was dying.”
Any sort of official announcement is yet to be heard from the Apple.