What you need to know
- A woman used her Apple Watch to call for help when she was handcuffed during a home invasion.
- The woman was able to text her mother while her attacker rummaged through her belongings.
We've heard tons of stories about Apple Watches saving lives, but they usually involve the wearable's health-related features. This time an Apple Watch helped a handcuffed woman contact her mum while a home invader rummaged through her belongings.
According to local reports, the West Milford, NJ woman came home to find a man in her room. After demanding money, the man handcuffed the woman to a bed at which point she was able to use her Apple Watch to text her mother. Police later arrived just as the man was leaving.
Amazingly, the woman's mother was upstairs throughout — seemingly unaware of what was going on.
Thankfully the police were able to apprehend the man, at which point they also found car keys belonging to the woman's neighbor.
While these stories tend to involve features like the ECG app found on Apple Watch Series 6, the woman's quick thinking was enough to outsmart the home invader and save the day.
Sending and receiving messages is one of the best Apple Watch features that most people don't make enough use of. Thankfully that wasn't the case here!
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.