Moving towards the official release of iOS 11, Apple released the fourth beta build for developers for its upcoming operating system for iPhone and iPads last month and now they’re adding a new feature which gives users the ability to quickly call emergency services and disable the touch ID too.
The new SOS feature on iOS 11, as discovered by a twitter user and verified by The Verge, needs the users to push the power button 5 times in rapid succession to call emergency services.
After this SOS feature has been used, users will need to enter the passcode of the device in order to enable touch ID again and get the device working.
This feature is being rolled out in the public beta update which was started by the company in June.
The SOS feature can be especially useful when you’re either in a situation where using the screen isn’t a viable option and/or you fear that the other person might force you to unlock the device using Touch ID.
Biometrics as a passcode to mobile phones has been a hot topic for debate among law enforcement agencies worldwide.
iOS 11 is a game-changer for Touch ID. Press power button rapidly 5 times and it opens the 2nd screen, but it also forces passphrase entry! pic.twitter.com/uvWbM04lyk