“The recent murders of two female joggers in separate incidents on the East Coast [of the U.S.] show the need for mobile technology that can quickly contact police in an emergency,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “An upcoming feature for Apple’s smartwatch could be a lifesaver.”

“The SOS feature in the watchOS 3 software update, due out this fall, acts as a panic button for people to call 911 from their Apple Watch,” Seitz reports. “To activate SOS and call 911 for help, you only need to press and hold the side button on the Apple Watch for about three seconds.”

“Apple says the feature will work in all countries where the watch is sold. The feature sends your current location to emergency officials,” Seitz reports. “Apple also has included the ability to cancel the SOS call within 10 seconds in case the dialing happened accidentally. The SOS feature also can be used for medical emergencies. It can be programmed to share a basic medical ID, giving emergency services your name, age, and listing any medical conditions. It also will automatically message the friends and family you have assigned as contacts.”

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MacDailyNews Take: A very useful feature that most certainly will save lives.