A patent granted on Tuesday depicted technology that would sense the “manner” in which a finger touched the iPhone screen to trigger a 911 call.
When the “panic command” is activated, the phone would provide the users’ location to responders, and could also livestream audio or video from the iPhone. The system could also be used to activate other types of mobile command, according to the patent.
With the patented technology, if an attacker requires the user to unlock or use the phone, the user can appear to be complying with their attacker while secretly calling 911. Users could use unusual combinations, like “pinky-ring-pinky,” to look like they are unlocking their phone while also calling the police, the patent said.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and rarely acknowledges new product features until they are released.