IOS 11's 'Cop Button' Isn't Really About Calling the Police

Kelley Robertson
August 19, 2017

After this SOS feature has been used, users will need to enter the passcode of the device in order to enable touch ID again and get the device working. It's very likely that iOS 11 will also have the ability to disable this feature after calling emergency services. The first video shows how you can take advantage of the new capabilities of the dock. The new SOS mode should be a faster and more predictable way to immediately reach emergency services. On Twitter, some users referred to the discovery as a "cop button", a discreet way of disabling Touch ID in a pinch.

The feature can also be adjusted in the Settings app. It's presumable that Apple wants to prevent even law enforcements from unlocking its consumer's devices.


One of the major reasons which led to an alternative way to unlock an iPhone is legal requirements.

iOS 11 beta 6 (released earlier this week) includes a new feature to quickly disable Touch ID from the lock screen. In 2014, a judge in Virginia Circuit Court ruled that police can force users to unlock a phone using their fingerprint. This is why Apple made a decision to come up with a way to enable an easier way to unlock the phone in case of any such emergency. They can't force people to unlock their phones or laptops, but they can seize them and copy the data from them-a fact that makes it easy for them to coerce travellers into voluntarily unlocking their devices. It won't automatically dial 911, but it will bring up the option in case of an emergency. Prior to this, the only way to temporarily disable the Touch ID was to restart your iPhone and use a different finger so that the phone simply disable Touch ID temporarily. All one has to do is press the power button of the phone five times at a stretch. It can be activated only when the user puts in the passcode. The button free front for the iPhone 8 has put Apple in a similar rut as it did Samsung.

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