Apple’s latest version of operating system iOS 10.2 is about to be launched as its third beta version is now available to developers. This new update will bring in a few new features to Apple devices. For India, though, there is a good news, the SOS button will be the first functionality that Apple has decided to keep in the country only. However, the panic button, SOS was added by the company in its 10.2 beta version launched earlier. But in the new third beta, it has got rid of that functionality except for India, according to a report in MacRumours. In order to test the third beta version of the OS, anyone can signup on the company’s website. The panic button is a much-needed facility in smartphones in India. The Indian government had issued a ruling that all smartphones and mobile devices must have an SOS button for emergency situations.
Apple might have decided to keep the feature because of that mandate. However, this ruling by the Indian government to be implemented from January 1, next year. Smartphone makers have asked for an extension of the date to April 1. In order to use the SOS button, iOS 10.2 beta users need to go to ‘Settings’ and the ‘General Menu’. The Emergency panic button is present in the options. Users can even personalise the settings in the choices, which includes a countdown and also the number of times the button is required to be clicked. As of now, the emergency number is 112 till a new number is adopted from next year, the same time when SOS becomes mandatory in mobiles. 112 gets saved as default emergency number while more contacts can be added to the list, through the Health app.
There are other new features in the latest beta version, which include a new TV app and improved TV functionality, a Send With Love Screen Effect to send heart signs via Messages. The TV app is currently available only for the US, and will be introduced in rest of the world when the Videos app is phased out.