Urgent warning to millions of iPhone users over problem with life-saving feature | The Sun

A LIFE-SAVING tool on Apple's latest iPhone is inadvertently causing trouble once again.

Brand new Crash Detection on the latest iPhone and Apple Watch is designed to alert the police if a car accident is detected.

It uses special sensors that detect the types of jolts one would expect from a collision.

The device will give you 10 seconds to dismiss the alert with a loud, vibrating countdown, otherwise it assumes you're unresponsive and calls for help.

While the option has been credited with saving lives, it's also had some teething issues.

Last year we heard how people on rollercoasters were unintentionally setting the feature off.

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And now there are reporters skiers are at it too.

According to The New York Times, dispatchers have been "inundated" with false calls.

Colorado's Summit County, which is home to a number of ski resorts, is one area where authorities have noticed it causing a problem.

Between January 13 and January 22 they had 185 false calls come up.

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"My whole day is managing crash notifications," said Trina Dummer, interim director of Summit County'’s emergency services.

Of course, the biggest concern is that it wastes critical time and resources of emergency services.

Apple responded to the report, saying it's "aware that in some specific scenarios these features have triggered emergency services when a user didn't experience a severe car crash or hard fall."

Four Apple reps are understood to have visited the Summit County call center to see how the response team works.

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