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Apple WatchOS 3's SOS feature alerts emergency services anywhere

Engadget Engadget 13/06/2016 David Lumb
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Apple's formidable WatchOS 3 will launch as a free upgrade in the fall, the company announced today at WWDC. Among the slew of new features is SOS, a feature that users hold down the Apple Watch's button to alert local emergency services without needing to know your current country's version of 911.

Users can also set up SOS to ping preset contacts and, bigger still, send them a map of their current location. Lastly, SOS pulls up the user's Medical ID they uploaded into the Health app onscreen to display data and known health conditions for emergency responders. Obviously, this is a huge development for travelers who don't know how to get help wherever they are, but it could be key to surreptitiously alert the authorities during dangerous situations.

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