Will the iPad have the ability to make emergency phone calls?

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Will the iPad have the ability to make emergency phone calls?
There was a piece of interesting news regarding the iPad that surfaced today which makes you wonder if the iPad can really place phone calls. It looks like the team over at 9to5mac uncovered something that'll make eyebrows go up as they've found that Apple's latest creation has the potential to make emergency phone calls. They were able to take a screen shot of the numeric keypad from within the iPad SDK emulator – it's achieved by simply enabling the passcode lock and entering in the wrong password five times. After all of that's been completed, they were able to be greeted with emergency phone call dialing screen. It's still unclear why this feature was found on the iPad – but it could have something to do with the FCC viewing it as a wireless device connected to a cellular network. Others see it as something that was left over from the iPhone and will be removed before it's launched. On the flip side of it actually having the ability to place emergency phone calls, it could point to a way to get it to send or receive regular phone calls – time is ticking already before it's expected to land at the end of this month.

source: 9to5mac via TiPb


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13 Comments

1. rimwireless

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

Who cares!!!

2. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

this is kinda obvious it would have this capability...not news worthy, but good to know.

3. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

does the thing even have a mic or would you have to jack in via bluetooth? lol.

4. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Well I don't think it will lead to making phone calls...stupid they would say something like that. But still, I can't wait for the iPad. I want one.

5. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Wow, a big friggin phone. With Apple's "innovation" we'll soon be writting on scrolls again and sending messages through snail mail.

6. 3watts

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

The iPad would look awesome up against my face. At 1.5 lbs it would be easy to carry in my back pocket as well.

7. Fearthebeard

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

I can't imagine making a phone call on that thing xD "Why are you talking to that shiny book!?" cool product though..

8. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

Slow news day...

9. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Cant wait to make fun of people with this POS on the side of their heads.

10. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I just can't believe the Apple fanboys see this as cool. I see it as either a computer that's totally stripped down, or a multimedia phone that's too big...it don't make sense. I don't care if it was made by Dell or had Windows or made by Apple. My Droid does more than this thing will and fits in my pocket, it's so simple to figure this out.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its neither cellgeek. Its a magnified Ipod, making it neither a phone nor a computer.. lol its just a really expencive ipod people.. Seriously!!

12. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

Who cares!!!!!!!!!! this will be great to see how terrible this device will do... it's useless especially without a full browser. Wait for a full version of Windows 7 to come out on a tablet. All that's needed is a good processor, and at least 2 gigs of ram of not more and the Ipad will be shat on by MS.

13. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

And the thing is ... How could Steve Jobs not realize this???????????

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