Not all heroes wear capes — some sport a controversial display notch (I’m looking at you, iPhone) while others sport sleek, squircle faces (ahem, Apple Watch). In the past two weeks, an iPhone 11 Pro and two Apple Watches have rescued three people from precarious situations, giving them a second chance at life.
While Apple Watches saved their owners by sending alerts and warning messages, the iPhone 11 Pro played more of a bodyguard role, using its chassis to prevent a dangerous incoming projectile from penetrating its owner. Curious to know how, exactly, these iProducts saved three people? Continue reading!
The iPhone 11 Pro that saved a Ukrainian soldier
9to5Mac reported that a viral video hit Twitter and Reddit over the weekend claiming an “iPhone 13 Pro” took credit for stopping a bullet from piercing a Ukrainian soldier. Hawk-eyed reviewers, however, pointed out that the phone is not an iPhone 13 Pro — it’s an iPhone 11 Pro.
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Pulling his broken phone from a vest pocket, the Ukrainian soldier boasted that his device protected him from the impact of a bullet. However, since there is no video of the incident, it is difficult to verify whether the iPhone actually saved the soldier’s life. Some skeptics say that a steel plate behind the iPhone, not the iPhone itself, protected the soldier from harm.
If, by some miraculous feat, the iPhone 11 Pro did indeed manage to prevent the bullet from entering the soldier, you have to admit, that would make quite a war story for the Ukrainian soldier who owns the iPhone.
The Apple Watch saved a woman from a deadly tumor
“It really saved my life!” Kim Durkee said, praising her Apple Watch for alerting her to a life-threatening health condition that could have claimed her life if she was unaware.
According CBS News, in late May, Durkee’s Apple Watch woke her up, alerting her that her heart was in atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the beating of the upper chambers (atria) is “out of rhythm”, so to speak, with the lower cavities ( ventricle). Duke said she didn’t take the initial warnings seriously – until the third night of alerts prompted her to act.
“The numbers are a bit too high for comfort,” Durkee said. “Then I said, ‘You know what? Go to the emergency room. If they tell you it’s nothing to worry about, then throw the watch away!'”
It turned out that the Apple Watch had good reason to broadcast alerts to Durkee. Her heart was beating irregularly because she suffered from myxoma, a rare, fast-growing tumor that was obstructing the blood supply to her heart. If she hadn’t acted in time, it would have caused a stroke.
On June 27, Durkee underwent surgery for the four-centimeter tumor that could have killed her. “I consider myself very lucky,” she said.
It’s unclear which Apple Watch model Durkee has, but the latest iteration, the Apple Watch 7, includes blood oxygen monitoring, heart rate tracking, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor. It was the latter, working in tandem with the heart rate tracker, that likely saved Durkee; it can detect heart rhythm irregularities.
The Apple Watch that helped save a kayaker
In mid-June, a man went kayaking with another companion along Sydney’s north coast. Due to a large swell and strong winds, the duo separated. Unfortunately, one was swept away nearly three miles out to sea – and he couldn’t row to shore.
Don’t worry, though! He has a apple watch (opens in a new tab). He used it to call emergency services. NSW Police Marine Area Command conducted a search for the kayaker, bringing in the crew of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to assist in the hunt. Thanks to the plane, according to the Daily Mailrescuers were able to spot the “extremely tired kayaker who was struggling to stay upright”.
There were paramedics waiting for the man on the shore, but he refused treatment because he said he was not injured.
The kayaker likely used the side button on his Apple Watch to call for help. By simply dragging the Emergency SOS slider to the right, users in danger can reach emergency services in the blink of an eye. “When the call ends, your Apple Watch notifies your emergency contacts that you made a call and sends them your current location.” Apple Support Guide (opens in a new tab) for the Guard said.
You never know when life can get worse. I dismissed the Apple Watch as a useless accessory, but these stories are compelling enough for me to consider getting a smartwatch.