Apple has filed a patent that would create a "panic alarm" to be used to discreetly call 911 using an iPhone's fingerprint sensor in case of an emergency.
CNBC cites the patent, which describes how iPhone users could set up parameters for calling 911 by simply touching their phone. That would be useful if a person was being held against his or her will.
Those parameters could include pressing the fingerprint button a certain number of times, swiping or pinching the screen in a predetermined manner, or simply pressing the fingerprint button with a set amount of force.
If any of those parameters are met, the "panic alarm" would force the phone to call 911. The phone's location would be sent to first responders, and it might even be able to stream audio or video of the situation.
Not all patents filed are implemented into a product, so it is not guaranteed Apple will include this feature in future versions of the iPhone.
Apple shares dipped recently when it was reported its next iPhone might have a slower modem than some of its rivals.
The next iPhone may break the $1,000 price point, which could send its stock higher than its current price of around $150 per share.
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