Apple Watch saves woman's life using a feature taken for granted by many owners

Apple Watch saves woman's life using a feature taken for granted by many owners
The world's best-selling smartwatch has done it again, saving yet another life while providing the kind of publicity and media exposure no actual marketing budget can buy. Interestingly, the Apple Watch worn by a woman during a paddleboarding session gone awry didn't need to tap into any of the cool new Series 4 features that have received so much attention in the last nine months or so to get its owner out of a very delicate situation.

Instead, what did the trick this time around was a functionality released with the Apple Watch Series 3 back in 2017 and taken for granted nowadays by many users of the Cupertino company's insanely popular wearable devices. We're talking about the cellular connectivity built into certain Series 3 and 4 models, which allowed the protagonist of our story today to call 911 without also needing a mobile phone.

While Apple didn't pioneer this feature (as it did with ECG monitoring and fall detection), and there are in fact many other smartwatches supporting optional LTE capabilities, it's pretty amazing to listen to the recording of this particular user's conversation with the Swampscott Police in Massachusetts. The woman specifically mentions she's calling from an Apple Watch, which once again is the kind of advertising all the money in the world can't buy, and most importantly, it's fairly easy to hear and understand every word coming out of her mouth as she struggles to maintain her position in the face of unfriendly winds.

Obviously, our story has a happy ending, as the information provided by the stranded woman in regards to her approximate location led to a swift and relatively easy rescue mission. The lesson to be learned here is to always check the wind forecast before venturing into the ocean on a skimpy plastic board and never take off your potentially life-saving Apple Watch.

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19 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Here we go again... It's not even the first smartwatch to offer such functionality

2. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

That's already mentioned in the article.

5. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I don't think it needs an entire article as if it has some sort of exclusivity for something lots of similar devices offer, almost all.

8. mackan84

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Well there was this bit about a human life being saved.

10. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Well, calling 911 has the potential to save your life, no matter the device used. Even a potato with working cellular connectivity and a microphone. Why should this be sensational just because the person mentioned the device where the call originated?

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They need to generate a positive spin on apple with the upcoming anticompetitive investigation. Sales are down as well so...

3. Whitedot

Posts: 817; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

From the thumbnail seems like Victor himself saved this woman life.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Why is it that most of these Apple Watch stories always start with people being stupid?

6. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

But when Samsung cheap gears saves a man or woman then they are smart? Oh well, haven’t heard stories about Samsung smartwatches except giving big big discounts and free as bundles for galaxies.

7. mudcat626

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Lol, now that’s funny and tru...,,

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31089; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that actually made me laugh.

9. JCASS889

Posts: 539; Member since: May 18, 2018

So the watch did all that by itself? She saved herself, no different than if she had a phone.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Exactly right. We never hear stories about how someone's iPhone or Android phone saved their life lol.

11. Wazupmrg

Posts: 174; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I'm surprised this didn't start with Sponsored by Apple. Lol. There's been several instances of other manufacturers' devices doing similar things, but gotta skew things to help Apple I guess

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1374; Member since: May 17, 2017

Some of the wording in this article makes it sound like an ad.

13. pogba

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

As DJ Khaled once said, "Another one"

14. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

The key phrase in the article is "insanely popular" because, from a logical point of view Apple products make less and less sense when better features are available for less from other manufacturers.

16. apple-rulz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Too funny all the butthurt comments from the SDF and android fanboys.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

No one is butthurt... we're laughing at how pathetic this is lol.

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