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Apple users have been complaining about their devices accidentally sending emergency SOS alerts to the police when worn or used in a wrong way

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  • Apple users are complaining
  • The complaints are about their devices sending unnecessary SOS messages
  • This is causing a lot of inconvenience to the users and authorities

Apple users have been complaining about their devices accidentally sending emergency SOS alerts to the police when worn or used in a wrong way, the media reported.

“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,” The Verge reported late on Sunday.

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The police are accustomed to such misdials. IANS

“Using his watch as a sleep tracker, he ended up holding down the crown button to trigger an emergency call to the police, who showed up in his bedroom at 1 a.m.,” the report added. The man reportedly said that the police were friendly and helpful and “accustomed to WatchOS misdials” like this. The feature is called “Emergency SOS” which was rolled out as part of WatchOS 4 and iOS 11 OS.

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It works when a user is in danger or otherwise in need of help. It is a potentially life-saving feature but of course, butt dials are going to be more common than actual emergencies. Meanwhile, several Apple users have been reporting about similar incidents on Twitter.

A user named Colin Weir tweeted last week: “Apple Watch really needs an ‘I’m changing bands please don’t trigger emergency SOS or password wipe’ mode.”

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These accidental SOS calls are causing inconvenience to many.

Another user named George Edmunds wrote on the micro-blogging site: “Pissed up 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 snow and was dying.” IANS

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Apple Releases New Update For WatchOS

The GPS+Cellular variant of the watch starts from Rs 49,900 and GPS-only model costs around Rs 40,900 in India

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New update to watchOS released to fix bricking issue in Apple Watches.

Apple has released a new update to the watchOS, fixing bricking issues in Apple Watch that made the device unusable after users attempted to install the previous update.

The new watchOS 5.1.1 comes with over 70 new emojis released with iOS 12.1, new full-screen colour watch-faces and support for group FaceTime audio for up to 32 people, The Verge reported on Monday.

The previous update — watchOS 5.1 — that was released last week, was pulled out quickly after users reported that the update caused issues to the Apple Watch during the installation of the update.

“Apple Watch owners can rest assured that today’s update is specifically built not to brick their devices,” the report added.

Since Apple’s smart-watch does not plug into a computer, affected users had no options other than calling Apple support and wait for the company to replace their device.

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The issue, however, seems limited to the brand new Apple Watch Series 4 devices.

Previously, a bug that was discovered in Apple Watch Series 4 was causing the device to crash and get stuck on re-boot loops, the media had reported.

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Apple launched the next generation of Apple Watch in September alongside iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR at an event in California with improved health features and edge-to-edge display with smaller bezels.

The GPS+Cellular variant of the watch starts from Rs 49,900 and GPS-only model costs around Rs 40,900 in India. (IANS)