Apple iOS 11 will feature an emergency SOS function

Apple will roll out iOS 11 in September, along with three new iPhones

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Apple iOS 11 will feature an emergency SOS function The new update allows users to disable their device within seconds. (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  August 20, 2017

Apple's upcoming operating system will feature an emergency SOS function, which will disable the Touch ID from the lock screen.

Beta developers analysed iOS 11 beta 6 and discovered that by pressing the power button five times the device will firstly show two options, Medical ID and Emergency SOS, and it will also disable the Touch ID requiring a passcode to unlock the device.

The new update allows users to disable their device within seconds and prevents anyone from forcing them to access their iPhone, including law enforcement. The update has been nicknamed the ‘cop button' by Twitter users, controversially after the FBI attempted to force Apple to unlock an iPhone after the San Bernardino case last year.

The feature is a discreet way of disabling the smartphone, especially if they are in a situation where they feel forced to unlock their device.

iOS 11 is expected to toll out in September, along with the launch of three smartphones, the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and the iPhone 8.

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