Apple Watch Emergency SOS helps student In car crash — Apple Watch Emergency SOS has saved another life. Casey Bennett, a college student in Maryland, was driving to class earlier this month. Another driver hit his Jeep, and Bennett flipped over. His iPhone dropped out of reach, but he was wearing an Apple Watch: “I was trying to figure out if I could get out, and I was like nope, you’re just going to have to hang out here…I just pressed down this side button on here for six seconds and it called 911.”
Apple added the Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature in the watchOS 3 update. When you hold down the side button for several seconds, an option appears on the screen to call 911, or the corresponding emergency service in your country.
[Reader Hawon Nguyen has reported that his Watch dialled emergency three times by mistake; if this is happening to you, it’s possible to turn this feature off.]
Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with swollen batteries — Apple on Friday alerted authorized repair facilities to an Apple Watch service coverage extension for first-generation devices suffering from battery swelling, a rare issue impacting a small segment of owners.
According to an email sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers, a copy of which was obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple is extending repair coverage for first-generation Apple Watch devices impacted by swollen batteries. With the new policy in place, users are provided two years of service beyond the gratis one-year limited warranty. (Note that Apple has not made an announcement regarding the Apple Watch repair extension, suggesting the issue is not widespread.)