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IOS 11 has a 'cop button' to quickly disable Touch ID

19 August 2017, 06:50 | Ricardo Garza

Mobile Imagining the iPhone 8 wasn’t enough so a designer dove into iOS 12 Image Source Prince Studio Behance

				Imagining the iPhone 8 wasn’t enough so a designer dove into iOS 12	
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Probably one of the most interesting new features brought by the iOS 11 will be the SOS. It's part of a new emergency call feature: All you have to do is quickly tap the power button five times, then you'll get a prompt to make an emergency call. However, pressing the power button alone won't call up the emergency services but it gives an option to do so in the next menu. The video showed some new features and capabilities of the iOS 11 that are running on the iPad and iPad Pro.

For better perspective, the system used to earlier disable the Touch ID temporarily when an iOS device restarted or when you didn't place the finger correctly on the device few times consecutively. The great thing is that robbers won't even be able to tell that the user disabled the Touch ID this way, as it leaves no marks.

The iPhone 8 and iOS 11 are expected to launch later this year, but one designer has taken a look even further ahead and designed a concept around what a hypothetical iOS 12 software update could look like. The Touch ID sensor would disable by itself if it is unable to recognize a person's fingerprint after a number of attempts.

To recall, Apple had introduced an Emergency SOS feature in iOS 10.2 for certain regions like India.

Finally, the feature can also be configured to alert a pre-defined list of contacts should you press the power button five times. iOS 11 is now in the public beta stage of development, with regular updates already being pushed out by Apple to eager application developers. It also offers an option to users to call an emergency contact or 911 in the US.

The feature has been incorporated to prevent forceful access to the phone by potential privacy intruders. This notably happened in Los Angeles in April 2016, when a court granted a search warrant forcing an alleged gang member's girlfriend to unlock her phone in this way.

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